tisdag 17 maj 2011

Arktikan bonanza on 16th!

This day, especially the evening at Ristna, were just unbelievable and unforgettable. In fact, it is impossible to describe this evening’s spectacle mass passage of Common Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks with words, one have to experience it! So, a few words by the members of the birding party:

Raul: “After this… where do I watch migration?”

Janne: “The amazing ‘draperies’ of Common Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks will stay in my memory for a long long time!”

Niklas: “This was, without any doubts, one of the most memorable days during my 33 years as a seawatch addict!”

Ristna at 04:50-10:20 hrs:
Common Scoter (12770!), Long-tailed Duck (5460), White-billed Diver (1), Black-throated Diver (373), Red-throated Diver (34), Steller’s Eider (5), Scaup (113), Garganey (4), Red-breasted Merganser (172) and Arctic Skua (10).

Ristna at 16:25-21:30 hrs:
Common Scoter (71065!! Long-tailed Duck (24134!), Black-throated Diver (92), Red-throated Diver (14), Arctic Skua (4), Garganey (1), Red-breasted Merganser (128).

A total of 115534 seabirds were counted!

Sightings besides the countings: Caspian Gull (1 close 2nd cal year) and one Short-eared Owl coming in from sea.

Cheers from three happy birders!

Ristna lighthouse!
One of thousands flocks of Common Scoters!
Three very happy birders at Ristna in the evening. From left: Niklas, Janne and Raul.

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