Friday, May 17, 2013

Skogsøy 17 May 2013 - Seawatching at last!

Overcast with light northerly wind, turning more easterly during the morning.

At long last some seawatching. Unfortunately it was rather quiet but Skogsøy rarely fails to deliver and today the highlight was a pair of Shoveler skjeand heading south. The best of the rest were five Arctic Skua tyvjo heading north, one Arctic Skua flying south and a southbound Great Northern Diver islom.

Other stuff included:
Red-throated Diver smålom 25 N
Great Skua storjo 1 S
Wigeon brunnakke 2 S
Common Scoter svartand ca 150 S, smaller numbers N
Arctic Tern rødnebbterne 4N
Kittiwake krykkje 2N
Puffin lunde 1N
Razorbill alke 6N
Guillemot lomvi 2N
Oystarcatcher tjeld 21N
Tufted Duck toppand 2N
Merganser siland 21N

Heavily cropped record shot of Arctic Skua tyvjo

Above and below: flocks of Common Scoter svartand

A Tree Pipit trepiplerke at the lookout point was the first I've had this year.

Elsewhere a Sedge Warbler sivsanger sang at Breivik, a Lesser Whitethroat møller sang at Herdlevær and a Swift tårnseiler flew over my garden at Tjeldstø.

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