Monday, May 08, 2017

Skogsøy 08 May 2017 - Short and sweet

Near gale force northerly winds and sunny.

It felt pretty cold today even though the sun was shining. I spent a few hours seawatching but couldn't stay as long as I would have liked to.

There was plenty passing without anything really remarkable - divers came by in rather better numbers than of late and there was something going on most of the time.

The numbers were like this:

Red throated Diver smålom N 143
White Billed Diver gulnebblom N 5
Northern Fulmar havhest N 1
Northern Gannet havsule N 43
Barnacle Goose hvitkinngås N 226
Eider ærfugl S 1
Long tailed duck havelle N 27
Common Scoter svartand N 39
Velvet Scoter sjøorre N 2
Oystercatcher tjeld N 14
Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt N 5
Arctic Skua tyvjo N 1 (pale phase)
Black-legged Kittiwake krykkje N 6
Arctic Tern rødnebbterne N 7
Razorbill alke N 3
Black Guillemot teist N 1
Auk N 6

Other birds included a 2 cy Great Northern Diver islom on the sea.

Pale phase Arctic Skua tyvjo

Barnacle Geese hvitkinngås with Red-throated Diver smålom in the background

Black Guillemot teist - I could have obtained much better pictures of this bird but there was too much going on at the time...

Gannet havsule overhead

Migrating Purple Sandpipers fjæreplytt

Red-throated Diver smålom flock

And last but by no means least - a few of the White-billed Divers gulnebblom that passed today

Back home a random glance outside produced another flock of around 100 Barnacles hvitkinngås heading north.

No time to download pictures today but got some decent shots today.....hopefully I will be able to update tomorrow.

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