Monday, November 28, 2011

Skogsøy 28 November - Morning after the night before...

Brisk onshore winds but considerably calmer than yesterday!!

 At least things looked good today....

Great Northern Diver islom

 Long-tailed Ducks havelle
Cormorant storskarv over rough seas

Hoping for some morning after effects at Skogsøy after yesterday's storm I slogged out knee deep in the mush that is now the path only to confirm that there was in fact little in the way of passage. A Great Northern Diver islom was the best bird, otherwise just small numbers of Kittiwake krykkje, Little Auk alkekonge and Common Scoter svartand.

A couple of Woodcock rugde in the woods along with Sparrowhawk spurvehauk, White-tailed Eagle havørn and the usual suspects meant there was stuff to see despite the lack of storm driven birds.

A dead Heron gråhegre illustrated very well why cables should go in the ground in bird rich areas like Øygarden. It is unbeleivable that the power people have suggested power lines next to / through the reserve at Tjeldstø. Don't get me started on that one....

 Grey Heron gråhegre killed by overhead cables

Next stop was Kollsnes Næringspark - had to check the fjord in case everything was coming down the inside today. No birds passing and, perhaps more interestingly - no windmill. The owner, Sway, was unaware of this development at the time the picture below was taken....

Sometimes it what you don't this case a windmill would normally have shown up here.

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