Saturday, January 16, 2016

Skogsøy 16 January 2016 - Productive first trip to Skogsøy

Calm and sunny. Very frozen again after some tendency towards a thaw.

A stroll out to Skogsøy - the first of 2016 - produced most of the expected species. Highlight were a couple of Peregrines vandrefalk - one of which was busy devouring whatever it was it had caught. A huge flock of around 400 Common Redpoll gråsisik fed in the woods and was joined by about 15 Siskin grønnsisik and several each of Chaffinch bokfink and Greenfinch grønnfink.

The lagoons were relatively quiet with two White-tailed Eagles havørn watching over the area. As expected there were Whoopers sangsvane here - five adult and five young. A Common Gull fiskemåke feeding here was a relatively uncommon winter sighting.

The sea was fairly quiet with just 11 Eiders ærfugl, several Long-tailed Duck havelle and a few Black Guillemot teist about.

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