Saturday, November 07, 2009

Skogsøy 07 November 2009 - Gyrfalcon again

Super-cropped Gyrfalcon jaktfalk sitting on top of prey.
The dot on top of the island in the middle of this picture is the Gyrfalcon jaktfalk....

The only northbound Little Auk alkekonge today.

It seems like an eternity since I last did some seawatching at Skogsøy and a couple of hours spent at the lookput point paid off big time. Early November is often a productive time for seawatching and today was no exception - albeit quality rather than quantity.

A Gyrfalcon jaktfalk, possibly the same bird seen in late October, came in off the sea with prey it could barely carry. Utterly exhausted it spent 15 minutes or so recovering before starting to eat.

An adult White-billed Diver gulnebblom beginning to moult into winter plumage was the next best sighting - in contrast to the spring this species is quite scarce in autumn. Other good stuff included a Black-throated Diver storlom, a Great Northern Diver islom and several Red-throated Diver smålom. Seeing all four diver species in the space of a couple of hours is most unusual in the autumn.

Small numbers of Little Auk alkekonge on the move, several Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt, a Curlew storspove and a late Meadow Pipit heipiplerke were among the other sightings.

Long-tailed Duck havelle numbers building up now with over 30 present.
Other stuff included a small pod of whales and a couple of porpoises.

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