Sunday, March 18, 2018

Skogsøy 18 March 2018 - First Seawatch of the spring

Calm and sunny. Freezing conditions overnight but once again warm and sunny during the day.

Rather predictably I decided to do my first seawatch of the year, hoping for some migration and was not disappointed. There was quite a bit of movement, though proper migrants were a little thin on the ground.

Cormorant storskarv taking off below the lookout point

One of a few Gannets havsule seen today

A few of shots of the same Great Northern Diver islom on the sea showing the effects of different lighting....

Another Great Northern Diver islom heading south

Migrating Greylags grågås

Some Shags toppskarv heading south - next stop Rogaland

Two of the morning's Shelduck gravand

Typically for the time of year it was southbound Shag toppskarv that made up the numbers (into three figures). However, there was a small passage of Oystercatcher tjeld, three species of auk, four Shelduck gravand, Great Northern Diver islom and the first Snow Buntings snøspurv of the year too, one on the way out and another migrating bird during the seawatch itself.

There was (comparitively speaking) quite a bit of auk action - but a lot of these were distant and went under guillebill. However, some 18 Guillemots lomvi, a few Razorbill alke and even the first Puffin lunde of the year were positively identified.

A few Gannet havsule passing, singing Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke and a small flock of feeding Purple Sandpiper fjæreplytt were among the other species noted. The sight and sound of displaying Oystercatchers tjeld warmed at least as much as the early spring sun did.

A total of 15 Blackbird svarttrost feeding in the garden is probably a new record and resulted in an increase in feeding targeted at this species.

A Gloucous Gull polarmåke was reported from Herdlevær and should also have passed Skogsøy.....
And the first Skylarks sanglerke were reported - predictably from Breivik.


Synne Wollertsen said...

Flotte bilder fra skogsøy!

Synne Wollertsen said...

Flotte bilder fra skogsøy!