Monday, February 28, 2011

Skogsøy 28 February 2011 - Migration starts

Adult White-tailed Eagle havørn chasing oiled Great Black-backed Gull svartbak

Almost windless but some fog restricting visibility. Incredibly slippy on the way out due to overnight frost but this quickly thawed.

A couple of hours seawatching produced a typical range of species for the time of year including the first two Guillemot lomvi for Øygarden this year (?!), several Razorbill alke, the first Kittiwake krykkje I've seen in 2011, three Oystercatcher tjeld heading north, 94 Gannet havsule and plenty of large gulls. As usual for the time of year there was a southward movement of Shag toppskarv with 56 passing.

One oiled Great Black-backed Gull svartbak was chased by a White-tailed Eagle havørn but got away. It is quite possible this gull was a victim of the Godafoss spill further south - especially given the notable northward movement of this species today.

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