Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Skogsøy 02 May 2007 More White-billed Diver

Northern Gannet havsule
Flock of migrating Red-throated Diver smålom
Yet another great day at Skogsøy with plenty of sun, wind and divers. A total of 129 Red-throated Diver smålom, a massive 18 White-billed Diver gulnebblom and a single Black-throated Diver storlom were the highlights. An Arctic Tern rødnebbterne was the first of the year at Skogsøy and a pale phase Arctic Skua tyvjo had a go at a Common Gull fiskemåke before continuing northwards.
Amazingly there have now been more White-billed Diver gulnebblom seen between 29.04 and 02.05 than were seen during the entire 2006 season! This is more a reflection on what a poor spring 2006 was for this species. However, double figure counts three days in a row may well be a record.
Small numbers of other seabirds also noted including a Northern Fulmar havhest, 21 Black-legged Kittiwake krykkje, nine Atlantic Puffin lunde, two Black-headed Gull hettemåke and a Velvet Scoter sjøorre.

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