Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Skogsøy 26 August 2008

Peregrine vandrefalk
Cormorants storskarv
Part of a flock of Starling stær at Herdlevær
Leucistic Starling (cropped from image above)

Decided late last night to see what the gale force southerlies and accompanying rain produced. The results were far from disappointing - in light winds and sunshine I had the first Sooty Shearwater grålire of the autumn and a single Manx Shearwater havlire both heading south.

There were plenty of other interesting species including four southbound Great Skua storjo, a Peregrine vandrefalk or two hunting migrant waders far out to sea and a variety of waders, largely Oystercatcher tjeld but also Ruddy Turnstone steinvender and a Ruff brusfugl among others.
At Herdlevær a large flock of Starling stær included a leucistic bird and a Yellow wagtail gulerle was also present. The Starling were alernately foraging in the fields and feasting on the abundant rowan berries.

Not easy to go home and start working.....

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