Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Skogsøy 14 September - Fog stops play

Calm, very warm and sunny until 0920 when fog rolled in and stopped play. It cleared an hour or so later but by then it was too late.

Common Gulls fiskemåke on their way south

Eiders ærfugl

Gannets havsule

Lesser Black-backed Gull sildemåke

Part of one of the Shag toppskarv flocks seen today

I thought it might be a reasonable migration day in the calmer weather - and it was but there was not much in the way of variety. Cormorants storskarv now very obviously on the move with the biggest flock being 76 birds which included a fair number of young birds.

In a little under two hours the following passed:
Gannet havsule 173 S, 2N
Cormorant storskarv 130 S, 2N
Shag toppskarv, 26N, 27S
Eider ærfugl 6S (all males)
Great Black-backed Gull svartbak 75S
Common Gull fiskemåke 38S
Curlew storspove S 4
Meadow Pipit heipiplerke 90S

Small numbers of the usual waders, a few Lesser Black-becked Gulls sildemåke, a Sparrowhawk spurvehauk migrating a long way out to sea and a White-tailed Eagle havørn were among the other sightings

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