Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Skogsøy 29 September 2015 - Another CRACKER for the house list!

Strong southerly winds, cloudy with sunny spells, warm.

Above and below: Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås

Common Scoter svartand

Gannet havsule

Red-throated Diver smålom

Velvet Scoter sjøorre

Finally a trip to Skogsøy at my own pace and with some decent seawatching! Spent 1.5 hours there ed every being buffeted by the wind but enjoyed every minute of it. Some 360 Barnacle Geese hvitkinngjess were the best birds but also small numbers of Common Scoter svartand, Velvet Scoter sjøorre, a Great Northern Diver islom and the usual suspects.

Best bird here was a Jack Snipe kvartbekkasin - I saw footprints in the mud on the way out and strongly suspected this species. On the way home I almost trod on it - nice to get confirmation!

Record shots of this evening's Pallid Harrier steppehauk

Spent the rest of the day bogged down with chores and work. But all was not lost - just as dinner was finishing a harrier blasted past the kitchen window. I hit the terrace a few seconds later and managed to snap a few record shots of a first year Pallid Harrier steppehauk. I'm starting to REALLY like my house. This was species #110 in just under two years.

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