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