Saturday, May 25, 2013

Skogsøy 25 May 2013 - Manx at last

Northerly winds and more or less overcast.

Another good day at Skogsøy. Seawatched from 06:15-11:30 and had the following:

If you look very hard there are two Manx Shearwater havlire in this picture - honest!

Manx shearwater havlire 2N - the third day of occurrence this spring - well above average
Long-tailed Skua fjelljo 2N
Arctic Skua tyvjo 2N
Great Skua storjo 1N
White-billed Diver gulnebblom 1N
Great Northern Diver islom 1S
Red-throated Diver smålom 53N
Velvet Scoter sjøorre 2N
Common Scoter svartand 18N,35S
Long-tailed Duck havelle 11N
Puffin lunde 4N
Razorbill alke 4N
Guillemot lomvi 6N
Arctic Tern rødnebbterne 30+N (probably at least double this number)
Kittiwake krykkje 15N
Gannet havsule 42N

White-billed Diver gulnebblom with diagnostic bill visible

Great Northerns rarely, if ever, throw their heads like this

Beer-belly and no-billed diver look

Two pale phase Arctic Skua tyvjo

Above and below: Red-throated Divers smålom. Quite a number not in breeding plumage now

Part of a flock of Arctic Terns rødnebbterne

The first of the autumn mingrants? A southbound Lapwing vipe

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