Sunday, May 02, 2010

Skogsøy 02 May 2010 - Seawatching as it should be!

One happy seawatcher!
Yellow-billed Loons gulnebblom came by two at a time

The first White-billed Diver gulnebblom of the day

Flock of Red-throated Diver smålom

Red-throated Diver smålom flock loses height

Cormorants storskarv "stalling"

Black-throated Diver storlom (on right) with Red-throated Diver smålom

Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås

With sunny weather and clear skies and light northerly winds following on from yesterday's strong blow it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that today would be a big day - and it was!

Highlights today (all heading north) were:
Common Crane trane 1 (first at Skogsøy and third in Øygarden)
White-billed Diver gulnebblom 16 (all cracking adults and most at close range)
Pomarine Skua polarjo 1 (first of the year)
Arctic Skua tyvjo 1 (first of the year)
Red-throated Diver smålom 276
Whimbrel småspove 2 (first of the yar)
Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås 384
Great Northern Diver islom (1 2cy S, 1 N and two birds together on the sea)
Black-throated Diver storlom 1

A truly memorable day! Perhaps the most amazing thing that myself and Harald had the place completely to ourselves on a day that traditionally produces good birds and normally triggers a mass visit from the "Bergen gang"

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