Sunday, May 11, 2014

Skogsøy 10 May 2014 - Borderline seawatch nightmare

Calm and for the most part sunny.

Strings of fog from inland came out of the sea and cut visibility to nothing at times. Patches of fog continued through much of the morning - meaning we were happy just to be able to see at times. See this link for more about seawatching nightmares.

One of two Black-throated Diver storlom seen today

Most of the Cormorants storskarv passing today were non-breeders

A small flock of Red-throated Diver smålom

White-billed Diver gulnebblom

The day was not as productive as some recent visits (e.g. 37 White-billed Diver gulnebblom on 01 May and Surf Scoter brilleand on 03 May). However, it was far from dead with four White-billed Diver gulenbblom - three adults and a second year bird, a couple of Black throated Diver storlom and around 90 Red-throated Diver smålom. Good numbers of Velvet Scoter sjøorre and a few flocks of Whimbrel småspove were the other highlights.

New for the year were a few Arctic Terns rødnebbterne and a House Martin taksvale.

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