Monday, June 02, 2014

Skogsøy 31 May 2014 - Both geese!

Sunny with strong northerly winds.

Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås overhead

Part of the Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås flock

Pale-bellied Brents ringgås

A 40 minute seawatch at Skogsøy in the early afternoon gave some interesting results: first a flock of 60 pale-bellied Brent Geese ringgås headed north. This was only to be expected given both the date and the weather conditions.

Whilst hoping for more of the same a second flock of geese came over - this time Barnacles hvitkinngås.

Seeing both these species migrating on the same day is quite unusual - but perhaps becoming more and more likely as in recent years there has been a trend of a second later wave of Barnacles hvitkinngås.

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