Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Skogsøy 30 May 2006 Out with a bang!

The penultimate day of the 2 1/2 month seawatching project went extremely well! Almost identical weather conditions to yesterday, but a LOT more birds! Difficult to choose a best bird today which saw almost 1000 Pale-bellied Brent Geese ringgås moving north, a pair of Greater Scaup bergand (new for the year at Skogsøy) and 26 Pomarine Skua polarjo.

The "supporting cast" included almost 50 Northern Fulmar havhest, 30 Arctic Skua tyvjo and 3 Red Knot polarsnipe. Perhaps the strangest observation was of a lone Whooper Swan sangsvane flying out to sea - there have been some exceptionally late "hangers on" this year - but why choose a gale force headwind when finally deciding to move on....?

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