Friday, May 15, 2015

Skogsøy 15 May 2015 - The morning after

Calm and sunny, warm after 0800.

It had to be done - would there be an aftermath after yesterday's skua bonanza or would things grind to a halt in the light winds? Both really - no skuas but a lot more divers.

2cy Black-throated Diver storlom .- this was the mistake of the day - it went into the notebook as GN Diver but the lack of collar indicates otherwise......

A flock of nine Whimbrel småspove

Always a nice start to the day - a 3cy White-tailed Eagle havørn at shortly before 06:00 this morning

Still small flocks of Oystercatcher tjeld heading north

I was at Skogsøy bright and early but there were no skuas at all. A MUCH better passage of Red-throated Diver smålom, at least one Black-throated Diver storlom, some Whimbrel småspove and a light passage of both Arctic Terns rødnebbterne and Common Gulls fiskmåke.

In 4 1/4 hours I had:

Red-throated Diver smålom: 143N
Black-throated Diver storlom: 1 2cy N and probably another
Gannet havsule:16N
Cormorant storskarv: 57N, 1S
Shag toppskarv: 17N, 26S
Barnacle Goose hvittkinngås: 2N
Common Scoter svartand: 8N, 9S
Long-tailed Duck havelle: just 2N (should be nearing peak passage for this species!)
Velvet Scoter sjøorre: 1N
Merganser siland: 18N
Oystercatcher tjeld:13N
Whimrel småspove: 12N
Black-headed Gull hettemåke: 4N
Common Gull fiskemåke: 105N
Kittiwake krykkje: 3N
ArcticTern rødnebbterne: 15nN
Black Guillemot teist: 1N (first I've seen for a while)

One of the better sightings in an Øygarden context was a Collared Dove tyrkerdue at Breivik.

Alse very obvious were Cuckoos gjøk - at Nautnes, Tjeldstø and Breiivk.

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