Friday, May 01, 2009

Skogsøy 01 May 2009 - High hopes

Migrating Oystercatcher tjeld
Barnacle Geese hvitkingås

Expectations were running high for five intrepid seawatches for the traditional 1st May diver bonanza. Alas this was not to be - this was the worst ever May count of migrating divers - a measly three Red-throated Diver smålom headed north in over six hours of seawatching.

However, all was not lost as several flocks of Barnacle Geese hvitkingås passed - 185 in total. Small numbers of Whimbrel småspove were the first of the year. In recent terms it was also a good auk day - we actually saw some! Puffins lunde were the most numerous with around 30 seen.

Technically speaking the best bird was a Ring Ousel ringtrost although only brief views were obtained.

A total of six "commic" terns were seen, although only one was positively identified as Common Tern makrellterne. A Common Sandpiper strandsnipe on the shore was yet another new for the year.

Back at Tjeldstø a Barnacle goose hvitkingås fed with the Greylags beside Husvatnet and a female Merlin dvergfalk hunted in the reserve.

1 comment:

Arja said...

you enjoy birds? jeg er fra norge, og synes egentlig at fuglene vi har er ganske kjedelige? :P