Monday, October 28, 2013

Skogsøy 28 October 2013 - Seawatch fix at long last

Strong SW with showers becoming calmer and drier later.

FINALLY made it out to Skogsøy for the first time in way too long. For a seawatch junky like myself this was just what the doctor ordered. I paid scant attention to the weather forecast and just went for it as the first and only likely chance in the foreseeable future.

I spent three hours seawatching - something that proved quite productive without anything very special. All heading south:

Kittiwake krykkje

Peregrine vandrefalk

Part of a Red-throated Diver smålom flock

Mixed flock of Common Scoter svartand and Long-tailed Duck havelle

White-tailed Eagle havørn

White-tailed Eagle havørn

Great Northern Diver islom 2 (1ad and 1 1K+ together)
Red-throated Diver smålom 88 inlcuding a single flock of 21 - a HUGE flock by autumn standards
Black-throated Diver storlom 1
Little Auk alkekonge 133
Razorbill alke 30
Guillemot lomvi 3
Black Guillemot teist 2
Wigeon brunnakke 1
Common Scoter svartand 285
Velvet Scoter sjøorre 4
Long-tailed Duck havelle 54
Merganser siland 5
Black-headed Gull hettemåke 1
Common Gull fiskemåke 5
Herring Gull gråmåke 150++
Kittiwake krykkje 31 (6 first years)
Dunlin myrsnipe 3

Other sightings included a few White-tailed Eagle havørn, a Peregrine vandrefalk and at least one Two-barred Crossbill båndkorsnebb.

Back home a Treescreeper trekryper was another addition to the new house list.

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