Thursday, May 09, 2024

Skogsøy 04.05.2024 - Not just divers....

On Saturday five hours of seawatching in flat calm and sunny conditions yet again failed to produce a big surge of migration. Just two White-billed Diver gulnebblom, a cracking adult Great Northern Diver islom and 50 Red-throated Diver smålom heading north and a dark phase Arctic Skua tyvjo heading south.

Red throated Diver smålom N 50

Great Northern Diver islom N 1

White Billed Diver gulnebblom N 2

Northern Gannet havsule N 13, S 1

Great Cormorant storskarv N 3, S 6

Eurasian Shag toppskarv N 30, S 80

Tufted Duck toppand N 2

Eider ærfugl N 2, S 2

Long tailed duck havelle N 8

Common Scoter  svartand N 9, S 9

Merganser siland N 14, S 1

Oystercatcher tjeld  N 4, S 1

Whimbrel småspove S 2

Arctic Skua tyvjo S 1

Common Gull fiskemåke N 54, S 2

Razorbill alke N 1

Black Guillemot teist S 2

However, at this time of year one can't really go wrong, the best sighting being a Short-eared Owl jordugle which came past just as I left. Kestrel tårnfalk and the usual White-tailed Eagle havørn too:)

Obscenely cropped Great Northern Diver islom

Mallard stokkand are not a species seen migrating in any numbers at Skogsøy, these birds were scared up by one of the local eagles

The first Short-eared Owl jordugle of the year

Shags toppskarv

White-billed Diver gulnebblom

White-tailed Eagle havørn

On the way home there were over 30 Golden Plover heilo feeding at Breivik. More Lesser Whitethroat møller have arrived as well.

Golden Plover heilo

Lapwing vipe

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