Sunday, October 04, 2015

Skogsøy 04 October 2015 - Quiet but a new patch tick

Southerly winds and partly cloudy.

Second cy White-tailed Eagle havørn flying overhead

I spent just over two hours seawatching - hoping for some decent migration after some recent poorer conditions. It felt generally rather quiet but 115 Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås and another 100 geese that were in all probability also this species headed south - unfortunately at quite long range.

The only other notable sighting were four Great Northern Divers islom heading south.

Very few duck today - barely more than just a couple of Wigeon brunnakke and other birds on the move were limited to Red-throated Divers smålom, a variety of gulls - including Common gull fiskemåke and several very dark Lesser Black-backed Gulls sildemåke.

Bird of the day was at least one Common Redstart rødstjert feeding not far from the lookout - a new Skogsøy species for me and (embarrassingly!) the first I've seen in Øygarden this year.

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