Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Skogsøy 12 November 2013 - Still too much wind?

Strong (20 knot++) SW winds.

The seawatchers Pavlovian response to yesterday's storm was of course to see what was going on at Skogsøy.....and as usual the hoped for post storm movement of stuff didn't happen. However, with the wind still pretty strong this might have been expected. Small numbers of Gannet havsule and Common Scoter svartand were pretty much all that was to be seen.

Common Scoter svartand

Gannet havsule

More Common Scoter svartand

I gave up after less than an hour and on my way back to the car picked up a ringtail Hen Harrier myrhauk heading north along what I call the "raptor ridge". Only the second reported in the county this year and the seventh for Øygarden. Not quite what was expected today but that is birding in a nutshell.

Some obvious grounded passerines around - largely good numbers of Blackbirds svarttrost along with small numbers of other thrushes and finches.

Back home I spent a few minutes trying to get the new house list up to speed  - picking up Kittiwake krykkje and Curlew storspove as new and a flock of three Red-throated Diver smålom. In other words more going on over the sea than at Skogsøy. Wierd.


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