Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Skogsøy 25 May 2011 - more Poms

Skogsøy was the seawatcher's Pavlovian response to the forecast of onshore winds....fresh westerlies and a few light showers during the course of the morning.

 Gannets havsule entangled in fishing gear

The huge numbers of skuas and other goodies anticipated didn't quite materialise but there were four each of Pomarine Skua polarjo and Arctic Skua tyvjo along with a couple of Great Skua storjo. A very respectable total (for the time of year) of 74 Fulmar havhest headed north as did a very similar number of Gannet havsule. A few auks and terns, 25 Kittiwake krykkje and small numbers of Common Scoter svartand and Velvet Scoter sjøorre also passed.

The only diver seen was a single Great Northern Diver islom heading south.

Unfortunately two of the Gannets havsule were hopelessly entangled in discarded / lost fishing gear. Whilst I took photographs of one struggling on the sea another flew past trailing an enormous length of net and rope. Unfortunately this is not an uncommon sight.

A maniac from Bergen drove out to twitch the Dotterel boltit from yesterday which were still present at Tjeldstø as were the Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås (seen from the living from just now...). Not enough birds about elsewhere or a symtom of something else....?

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