Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Skogsøy 11 March 2015 - First migration seawatch of the year

Light south-easterly winds and sunny with it.

Cormorants storskarv heading north

One of the Oystercatcher tjeld flocks that passed

White-tailed Eagle havørn are something we almost take for granted here but this cracker came right past....

Lovely weather meant that a trip to Skogsøy was a must do. It is still slightly early for big numbers of stuff but chances to get to Skogsøy early on must be taken....

A few hours seawatching from 0800-1100 produced some movement of the usual early spring migrants:

Snow Bunting snøspurv N 4+
Oystercatcher tjeld N 126
Shag toppskarv N 17 , S 124
Cormorant storskarv N 14
Eider ærfugl N 4, S 24
Greylag grågås N 2, S 2
Merganser siland S 5

In addition there were quite a lot of Gannet havsule milling around and a few Kittiwake krykkje koncking about. Several auks (Guillemot/Razorbill) flew north but were very distant.

Another very important reason that it was Skogsøy today was that I met some people who are keen to build a seawatching hide and are planning the details. There has been talk about this on and off for many years and hopes have been raised before. However, this time seems different and we can but cross our fingers and hope that something will come of it this time.

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