Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Skogsøy 30 October 2017 - Aftermath

Relatively calm, some showers.

First year Glaucous Gull polarmåke

I took a late and lazy hour and a half at Skogsøy to see what would happen now that the wind has dropped. I was not disappointed, although nothing really special passed. Highlight here was a first year Glaucous Gull polarmåke - a typical late autumn sighting at Skogsøy. Other stuff included a couple of Great Northern Divers islom heading north close in. Pretty much everything else went south with Gannets havsule, Kittiwakes krykkje and Common Scoter svartand as the most numerous. Also a few Red-throated Diver smålom, Razorbill alke and a few other bits and bobs.

Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb were again very obvious with around 20 feeding in the woods and another flying over during the seawatch.

Jackdaw kaie watching us leave the car park at Skogsøy

A Jackdaw kaie close to the car park was remarkably the first in Øygarden this year and thus arguably a better bird than the Glaucous Gull....

Siberian Chiff-chaff tristis gransanger

Male Blackcap munk

In the afternoon I snatched 30 minutes at Sæle as the light went. Here the highlight was a Siberian Chiff-chaff - giving good views and the typical chicken call but not much in the way of photo opportunities. A Blackcap munk fed on elderberries here.

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