Thursday, November 17, 2022

Skogsøy 13 November 2022 - Less about the seawatching

 Strong southerly winds, overcast and with light drizzle most of the time I was seawatching.

Today was much more about what was seen away from the seawatching than what was going on migration wise. A Dipper fossekall, the second for Skogsøy (the first was in January this year) was out close to the lookout point - an unusual location but there is plenty of food in those pools:)

On my way back in a fly-by Short-eared Owl jordugle, three Parrot Crossbills furukorsnebb and three Slavonian Grebes horndykker were the best finds.

November is a good month to see migrating Dipper fossekall in Øygarden

Parrot Crossbill furukorsnebb, Skogsøy 

The bay at Skogsøy, the slav grebes should be visible in here somewhere

Slavonian Grebes horndykker came swimming over from Herdlevær

I sat from 0930-1110 and had a decent passage of gulls (mostly Herring Gulls gråmåke, Common Gulls fiskemåke and Kittiwake krykkje) and Common Scoter svartand plus a Red-throated Diver smålom, a late Oystercatcher tjeld and a few Velvet Scoter sjøorre. Most stuff passed very close in indeed - visibility was awful and it was not possible to see very far.

Migrating Common Gulls fiskemåke

Many Common Scoter svartand headed south at close range today

Herring Gull gråmåke (picture taken with the new superzoom, the rest of the flight shots with an older DSLR)

Kittiwake krykkje

Velvet Scoter sjøorre

On the way home I picked up a Goshawk hønsehauk hunting thrushes at Kollsnes. At Tjeldstø best sightings were a male Blackcap munk, a few Snipe enkeltbekkassin, three Whoopers sangsvane and a selection of duck including a few Wigeon brunnakke and a Teal krikkand.

Back home the latest ever Linnet tornirisk to be recorded in Øygarden fed in my garden:)

The latest Linnet tornirisk ever recorded in Øygarden
Also shows why "weeds" are so important to wild birds.

The first ever video with the new camera:)

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