Friday, August 19, 2016

Skogsøy 19 August 2016 - LSW "invasion"?

Light winds, overcast but bright.

A short (1.5 hour) seawatch produced a steady passage of birds including the first southbound Red-throated Divers smålom of the autumn - including two overhead that alerted me to their presence by calling.

Very much the usual suspects with some waders and Cormorants storskarv moving south and Shags toppskarv heading north for the winter.

Peregrine vandrefalk

Red-throated Diver smålom

A Peregrine vandrefalk put in an appearance - a typical sighting as these birds move to the coast to make the most of the autumn migration.

Numbers were:
Oystercatcher tjeld 146 S
Curlew storspove 1 S
Golden Plover heilo, Dunlin myrsnipe, Ringed Plover sandlo and Redshank rødstilk all heard repeatedly but not seen
Common Scoter svartand 7 S
Teal krikkand 3 N
Shag toppskarv 52 N
Cormorant storskarv 25 S
Gannet havsule - small numbers milling around offshore
Red-throated Diver smålom 3 S

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker dvergspett

Above: Black Guillemot teist - this year's bird and probably hatched locally

Nice views of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker dvergspett on the way home makes me wonder if there is  an ongoing movement of this species at the moment. A combination of lots of branches and crazy lighting made this bird difficult to photograph even though it allowed close approach. A Black Guillemot teist was feeling rather  more photogenic

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