Thursday, July 22, 2021

June 2021 - North Sea

 A busy month offshore with virtually no time spent out on deck.

During the transit from Haugesund to Great Yarmouth a few White-sided Dolphins put in an appearance and a White Wagtail linerle was onboard briefly. Otherwise just the usual Gannets havsule, Fulmars havhest and Lesser Black-backed Gulls sildemåke.

White-sided Dolphins - tragically wrong camera settings....

Autumn migration was obvious on a rather foggy 17 June on the Leman field with a flock of Starling stær and a Woodpigeon ringdue on deck.

Part of a flock of migrating Starling stær on the Leman field

Platforms at Leman

Øygarden 30 May - 02 June 2021 - Turnaround

 A few hectic days at home made it difficult to get out and about, although on 31 May I spent much of the day birding.

A walk at Herdlevær produced the best sighting with a single Pomarine Skua polarjo heading north overland.

A boat trip later in the morning showed that migration was still going strong with small flocks of Common Scoter svartand, Velvet Scoter sjøorre and Red-throated Diver smålom heading north.

Common Scoter svartand

Red-throated Diver smålom

Velvet Scoter sjøorre

An Otter gave good views from my terrace on the morning I left for work.

Otter seen from my terrace.