Saturday, April 28, 2018

Skogsøy 28 April 2018 - Seawatchathon day 2

Calm and partly overcast with very light northerly wind. Sunny later.

At home with no commitments for the next few days other than some work that I finished this evening....but this morning I only had time for another shortish seawatch.

Pale phase Arctic Skua tyvjo - insanely cropped - it looked rather better in the scope.

Most of the Cormorants storskarv that are passing now are in non-breeding plumage.

Just over three hours gave significantly fewer birds than yesterday but there was a bit more variety and a couple more new for the year in the form of the first pale phase Arctic Skua tyvjo of the year (although a skua reported from Herdlevær last weekend may well have been this species) and Whimbrel småspove.

A Little Auk alkekonge on the sea was another interesting sighting - and fits nicely into a pattern of occurrence with a scattering of records in late April / early May.

Otherwise it was the usual suspects (including several Velvet Scoter sjøorre) and small numbers of Red-throated Diver smålom. A Peregrine vandrefalk also put in an appearance - heading north.

One of the Lesser Whitethroats møller seems to have found a mate so things looking good there.

A Mistle Thrush duetrost put in an appearance near Kollsnes.

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