Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Skogsøy 21 March 2018 - Someone has thrown the switch

Light westerly winds and overcast during the seawatch. Rain, sleet and snow later on.

I was up relatively bright and early to get a couple of hours seawatching in before work - nice that it is light enough to do this now.

Some flocks came past at decent range....

...but most birds passed high up and a long way out today...

Things started quietly with just a few small flocks of Oystercatcher tjeld heading north. The flocks became larger and more frequent after a while and I was amazed when I added up the total after I returned home - a respectable 914 during the course of 2.5 hours. It never quite felt that they were pouring past - someone has obviously switched on the Oystercatcher migrant and turned the volume up a bit.

Other stuff was thin on the ground but the first migrating Black-headed Gull hettemåke, Common Gull fiskemåke and Curlew storspove put in an appearance.

Good views of Raven ravn, White-tailed Eagle havørn and Rock Pipit skjærpiplerke out at the lookout point too.

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