Saturday, April 07, 2012

Skogsøy 07 April 2012 - Common Gull migration picks up the pace

Sunny with light northerly winds.

 Common Gull fiskemåke
 Cormorants storskarv
 Above and below Curlew storspove

Ideal migration conditions once again - which meant sub zero temperatures for the first couple of hours. It was rather tricky keeping track of everything today as birds were passing both high and low, over the sea and overland behind the lookout point.

As usual for early April it was Common Gull fiskemåke that dominated - approximately 2700 headed north (over 1600 of these in the first 1 1/2 hours). Other northbound migrants included 156 Cormorant storskarv, 30 Curlew storspove, several Black-headed Gull hettemåke and only 10 Red-throated Diver smålom.

Best of the stationary stuff was a Great Northern Diver islom on the sea.

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