Friday, February 19, 2010

Øygarden 18 February 2010 - Seabird Monitoring

The only Little Auk alkekonge of the day
Great Black-backed Gull svartbak sees off White-tailed Eagle havørn

Colour ringed Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt

The boat we were on all day....

Heron gråhegre

Cormorant storskarv stretching its wings

As part of SEAPOP, a monitoring program for seabirds, we were out in a boat counting seabirds all day - just like we did last year.

Technically the best bird was the first Lapwing vipe of the year but the real highlight were some wonderful views of a large flock of around 190 Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt - one of which was colour ringed.

Otherwise it was business as usual with good numbers of White-tailed Eagle havørn, a couple of Curlew storspove etc. Still very few auks about - and just one Little Auk alkekonge.

There were some big gull flocks, no doubt brought in by the herring - so hopes are rising for a rarer one among them in the near future....

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