Monday, August 13, 2012

Skogsøy 13 August 2012 - Little Gull!

Calm and sunny, just the whiff of an easterly breeze.

Spent three hours seawatching from 06:00. Most routine fare (i.e. waders) but a first year Little Gull dvergmåke feeding offshore was far from expected. Unfortunately it kept out of photo range as it fed largely alone but sometimes in the company of Arctic Terns rødnebbterne.

A few mixed flocks of unidentified waders passed and other wader flocks passed without being seen (just heard). Small numbers of waders landed on the shore - these included a a couple of Sanderling sandløper, two Knot polarsnipe and several Turnstone steinvender.

At least 241 Oystercatcher tjeld headed south as did several Whimbrel småspove. Other stuff included eight Great Skua storjo, a flock of over 40 Greylags grågås, a flock of Grey Heron gråhegre and a Black Guillemot teist.

Once again a light northerly passage of Shags toppskarv.

Onshore the best of the sightings was a flock of 15 Twite bergirisk.

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