Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Skogsøy 22 April 2014 - The loonatic season commences....

Yet another day of what normal people would consider cracking weather - calm, warm and sunny.

Some of the Gannets havsule passed at close range today

Not enough wind to make for a great day's seawatching but it was still well worth the effort. Highlight was without doubt the first summer plumaged White-billed Diver gulnebblom migrating north - well worth the wait as always! The mainstay of today's migration were some 79 Red-throated Diver smålom. Small numbers of the usual suspects also passed.

On the sea a few Guillemots lomvi and a couple of Puffins lunde were present.

A migrating Willow Warbler løvsanger stopped to feed on the cliff tops shortly after dawn - first of the year for me. Other migrants included a migrating Swallow låvesvale, singing Chiff-chaff gransanger, a few Twite bergirisk and several Linnet tornirisk. A fair number of passerines seemed to come in off the sea - mostly too far off to be identified but many were White Wagtails linerle.

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