Thursday, February 23, 2012

Skogsøy 23 February 2012 - First spring migrants!

Light westerly winds, light rain / drizzle for much of the morning.

 Geosund performing survey work off Kollsnes today
For bird photos from my most recent trip on this vessel see here.

Razorbill alke on the sea at Herdlevær

Seawatched for 2 1/2 hours early on. An excellent count of Kittiwake krykkje for recent years with 114 passing. Highlight were the first migrants of the year in the form of two Oystercatcher tjeld heading north Unusually these represent the first sighting of the species this year not just in Øygarden but also in Hordaland.

Other passage included a movement of Herring Gulls gråmåke, several Guillemot lomvi and a lone Little Auk alkekonge.

The Little Grebe dvergdykker remained on the lagoons to the south of the lookout.

A flock of 13 Starling stær near the car park were probably new arrivals (given the time of year and that none have been seen locally in recent times). Four more Starling stær were seen at Breivik.

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