Monday, October 13, 2014

Skogsøy 13 October 2014 - Quiet but good

Very light winds and mostly sunny.

A couple of hours seawatching did not bring the hoped for mass migration. However, there was a steady passage of stuff including the following:

White-billed Diver gulnebblom S 2 (together, at least one of them an adult)
Great Northern Diver islom 3 S
Red-throated Diver smålom 17 S
Cormorant storskarv 38 S
Greylag grågås 3 S
Common Scoter svartand 40 S in small flocks
Velvet Scoter sjøorre 8 S
Long-tailed Duck havelle 24 S
Merganser siland 3 S
Eider ærfugl 14 (all but two of them males)
Common Gull fiskemåke 110
Lesser Black-backed Gull sildemåke 7 S
Kittiwake krykkje 1 S
Little Auk alkekonge 5 S (first of the autumn)

Other good birds at Skogsøy were a Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin out at the look out point, a late Common Sandpiper strandsnipe feeding on the shore and a Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett.

A half-hearted look at Herdlevær produced a couple of Wheatear steinskvett in the fields and another Grey-headed Woodpecker gråspett.

Tjeldstø was fairly quiet but the first returning Goldeneye kvinand was back on Husvatnet together with a Tufted Duck toppand. A Turnstone steinvender rested with Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt on one of the islands.

Male Blackcap munk

Red Admiral

Loads of flies and bees as well as butterflies.

Some flowering ivy showed how important this plant is at this time of year - the late flowers attract huge numbers of insects and butterflies - most, if not all, were Red Admirals. In one garden at least four Blackcap munk (among other things) took full advantage of this.

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