Monday, August 06, 2012

Skogsøy 05 August 2012

VERY calm indeed and therefore plenty of biting insects. Nice.

Crested tit toppmeis

Shags toppskarv - already heading north

White-tailed Eagle havørn

Some typical early autumn passage today. In 2.5 hours the following were seen on the move:

Shelduck gravand south 4
Oystercatcher tjeld 80 south
Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove 1 south
Unidentified waders 5+ south
Red-throated Diver smålom 3 south
Common Gull fiskemåke 150 south
Arctic Skua tyvjo 1 north
Great Skua storjo south 9
Great Skua storjo north 1
Common Scoter svartand 9 south
Shag toppskarv 55 north
Black Guillemot teist 1 north
Greylag grågås 37 south

Best sighting was a pod of around 20 Pilot Whales feeding in the distance. Quite a few salmon jumping too - easy to pick up in the calm conditions.

White-tailed Eagle havørn and most of the usual suspects also noted.

A total of six Storm Petrels havsvale were caught and ringed at Herdlevær during the night. For a superb portrait of a bird caught last week see this link.

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