Thursday, April 21, 2011

Skogsøy 21 April 2011 - Iceland Gull

This Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke caught me totally unprepared....

Part of the Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås flock that passed

Canada Goose kanadagås - something of a rarity in Øygarden

Common Scoter svartand

Overcast and hazy with visibility reducing during the morning. Light SSE winds.

Not a bad seawatch at all. Few divers passing - not the right conditions at all but the first Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås of the year, a flock of 45, headed north and a second year Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke passed at close range just as we were leaving.

The mainstay of the migration today were over 200 Common Scoter svartand. Also small numbers of most of the usual suspects.

Back home at Tjeldstø a pair of Shoveler skjeand, a Black-tailed Godwit svarthalespove, a Sand Martin sandsvale and a Peregrine vandrefalk rounded the day off very nicely indeed. A Canada Goose kanadagås was reported from Kollsnes - had to go and check it out just in case it was one of the migrant forms....

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