Thursday, April 26, 2007

Skogsøy 26 April 2007 - Barnacles on the move

Barnacle Geese hvitkingås winging their way past Skogsøy in the fog

Two Red-throated Diver smålom pass overhead

White wagtail linerle

Having heard that "Godzilla" and other satellite tagged Barnacle Geese hvitkingås had calready rossed the North Sea there was no way I wasn't going seawatching today. Despite somewhat foggy weather and rather reduced visibility several flocks of Barnacle Geese passed during the course of the morning. No "big" day, but around 170 was better than nothing given the conditions.

Other noteable birds included the first Arctic Skua tyvjo of the year, a Northern Fulmar havhest, 40 Red-throated Diver smålom and, birds of the day: a pair of Shoveler skjeand heading north together with a flock of Common Scoter svartand.

Land birds in the area included Northern Wheatear steinskvett and a hunting Merlin dvergfalk.

Back home at Tjeldstø a Kestrel tårnfalk made its way north.

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