Saturday, August 08, 2015

Skogsøy 08 August 2015 - A typical early August seawatch

Nice conditions with more or less clear skies and a light NW breeze.

A couple of hours or so from 05:45 to 08:00 produced the usual early August suspects on the move - Oystercatcher tjeld, Common Gull fiskemåke and Great Skua storjo,

Part of a southbound Greylag grågås flock

Gannets havsule were passing close in today

Migrating Common Gulls fiskemåke

Oystercatchers tjeld

Typically for this time of year there were some flocks of moulting male Eiders ærfugl

Highlight was a nice adult Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove - the first of the year in Øygarden for me,

Totals were:
Gannet havsule, N33, S63 - very many of these were very close in
Cormorant storskarv S5
Shag toppskarv N7
Greylag grågås S28
Oystercatcher tjeld S219
Bar-tailed Godwit lappspove S1 adult
Common Scoter svartand 1

A Spotted Redshank sotsnipe was reported from Tjeldstø - quite possibly the same tringa wader I saw go down in the same place yesterday evening.

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