Monday, April 30, 2018

Skogsøy 30 April 2018 - ....and somewhat predictably

Northerly winds and sunny.

It may come as something of a shock but today's trip out went to.....wait for it.....SKOGSØY.

The conditions looked good and it is peak season so it was yet another early start (but still a lot later than the boys from town).

The only new species for the year were a couple of Dunlin myrsnipe heading north together with some Oystercatcher tjeld. They were not yet in breeding plumage.

A total of 10 White-billed Diver gulnebblom passed - mostly at a very nice telescope range.

I managed quite a remarkable photograph today - almost totally lacking in any photographic qualities I managed to capture three species of diver in the same frame - Great Northern, Red-throated and White-billed. Mega.

Two Dunlin myrsnipe (top right)

Obligatory Gannet havsule spam

A 2cy Great Northern Diver islom (right) together with three Red-throated Diver smålom

A flock of summer plumaged Long-tailed Duck havelle

It was a good day for Red-breasted Merganser siland migration - at least by the standards of recent years

THIS IS THE PHOTO of the day (if clicked on). Three species of diver in one shot. From right to left:
White-billed Diver, Red-throated Diver, Great Northen Diver, and two more Red-throats.

Some random White-billed Diver gulnebblom shots.

It was the best day so far this year for a number of species including Red-breasted Merganser siland.

The totals for the six hours of seawatching were as follows:

Red throated Diver N 239
Great Northern Diver N (2cy)
White Billed Diver N 10
Northern Gannet N 27
Northern Gannet S 1
Great Cormorant N 37
Great Cormorant S 4
Eurasian Shag N 2
Eurasian Shag S 33
Grey Heron N 1
Wigeon N 3
Eider N 4
Eider S 1
Long tailed duck N 33
Long tailed duck S 3
Common Scoter N 31
Common Scoter S 9
Merganser N 32
Oystercatcher N 5
Common Gull N 99
Lesser black backed Gull N 1
Black-legged Kittiwake N 1
Common Guillemot N 13
Common Guillemot S 1
Razorbill N 4
Black Guillemot N 1
Black Guillemot S 1
Auk N 19
Auk S 9

The weather forecast tomorrow is such that Skogsøy may not be the best place to be, it is conceivable that I will cover places that have been neglected of my legs and get another hour or two of badly needed sleep...

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