Saturday, August 07, 2010

Skogsøy 07 August 2010 - RED-NECKED PHALAROPE

An excellent seawatch with the undoubted highlight being a party of five Red-necked Phalarope svømmesnipe feeding on the sea, drifting northwards as they went. This might be the most that have been seen together in Øygarden.

There was plenty of other stuff on the move too - largely southbound waders with 190 Oystercatcher tjeld, over 40 Red Knot polarsnipe, several Sanderling strandløper, 13 Redshank rødstilk, 10+ Whimbrel småspove, eight Greenshank gluttsnipe, six Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove, a Turnstone steinvender, Ruff brushane, Ringed Plover sandlo and many small calidrids that went unidentified.

Several Great Skua storjo, almost 200 Greylags grågås, approximately 150 Gannet havsule (N), a Fulmar havhest (N), 150 Common Gull fiskemåke, 10 Black-headed Gull hettemåke, a few Black Guillemot teist (N) and over 60 Great Black-backed Gulls svartbak were among the other sightings.


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