Saturday, May 10, 2008

Skogsøy 10 May 2008 Little Auks

Common Gull fiskemåke in the fog
Gannet havsule entangled in rope
Redpoll brunsisik - one of the commonest species in the woods at Skogsøy

There were high hopes today - but a combination of sea fog and southerly winds meant it was quieter than hoped for. However, it was not a total failure with a White-billed Diver gulnebblom, a Black-throated Diver storlom and (for the time of year) an exceptional 22 Little Auk alkekonge heading north.
Six Arctic Tern rødnebbterne and a single dark phase Arctic Skua tyvjo were both firsts for the year at Skogsøy. A very late date for the first skua....
Other stuff inlcued small numbers of the other auks, several Fulmar havhest, a few Kittiwake krykkje and over 20 Whimbrel småspove.

A paur of Twite bergirisk gathering nesting material and a hunting Peregrine vandrefalk were other highlights.

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