Saturday, April 23, 2016

Skogsøy 23 April 2016 - Enduro test

Sunny to start with, degenerating into hail and snow, sunny again then yet more snow.

Goodness only knows what the wind chill factor was today but it was COLD at Skogsøy. A fresh north westerly wind kept temperatures down and when the hail and snow started the going got tough. I waited an hour before giving up only to have the sun come back out not long afterwards so I turned back for more of the same until the hail and snow started again.....

The visibility wasn't up to much at a Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås is just about visible through the driving snow....

Cormorants storskarv "stalling" on their way north

Anticipating an against the sky shot this is somewhat overerexposed but gives a nice feeling of movement

Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke

The view during a lighter part of the snowstorm. There was no snow or frost when I arrived....

The best bird was the first Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås of the year heading north. There was some migration with well into double figures of Red-throated Diver smålom, Common Scoter svartand and Long-tailed Ducks havelle on the move as well as a couple of Puffin lunde, a Lesser Black-backed Gull sildemåke among the usual species on the move.

Other new species for the year here included Linnet tornirisk

A brief stop at Husvatnet on the way home produced the first two Swallows låvesvale of the year - an incongruous sight as they fed over the lake in yet another snow shower. A pair of Tufted Duck toppand were also present here.

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