Sunday, November 25, 2012

Skogsøy 25 November 2012 - At last a change in the weather

Finally the weather changed. A fresh easterly with high cloud cover, even some blue sky at times.

The changing conditions seemed to have an immediate effect on the birding - sat at Skogsøy for just over two hours and had an excellent late November seawatch notching up the majority of what can be expected at this time of year:

Great Northern Diver islom, 2S, 1N
Red-throated Diver smålom 3S
Red-necked Grebe gråstrupedykker 1S
Eider ærfugl 149S
Velvet Scoter sjøorre 1S
Common Scoter svartand 26S
Long-tailed Duck havelle 22S
Red-breasted Merganser siland 8S
Goldeneye kvinand 1S
Little Auk alkekonge 27S
Black Guillemot teist 2S
Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke 1S
Kittiwake krykkje 2S
Common Gull fiskemåke 8S
Cormorant storskarv 37S
Shag toppskarv 31S

 Second winter Iceland Gull grønlandsmåke - first of the autumn for Øygarden

 Cormorant storksarv
Great Northern Diver islom

Other birds of note included a Snow Bunting snøspurv flying in off the sea, Curlew storspove, Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt, a Guillemot lomvi on the sea and a couple of fly over Redpolls gråsisik.

The walk to and from the lookout produced two flocks of Waxwing sidensvans, 20+ Common Crossbill grankorsnebb and some very fresh Woodcock rugde tracks.

This gull headed south. Initially in flight I took it to be a Common Gull fiskemåke and took a few record shots. A quick check in the field made me change my mind to Herring gull gråmåke. Downloading the images later has me scratching my head.....answers on a postcard please

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