There were a few Kittiwakes as well with most of these also heading south and the handful that went north turned round and soon came back. There was only a single adult with the rest being 1cy birds. The best bird was a dark phase Fulmar (havhest). It was heading slowly south and was perhaps not in great shape. Its dark plumage and laboured way of flying really made me look hard at it first and I can see how dark morph Fulmars can be misid as something rarer as they can look so much different to the pale birds we are used to seeing.
|poor pictures as usual from Krokstrand with light and distance conspiring against me but here I show Little Auk (alkekonge), Razorbill (alke) and Guillemot (lomvi)|
|This Common Seal (steinkobbe) was offshore for a few seconds before disappearing|
|Little Auk coming into land. It dived the second after it landed|
On the drive home I went shriking and had three Great Greys within 10 minutes of each other along a 6km stretch of road. I have seen two of the birds a couple of times already this autumn/winter and all three are in traditional areas for this species. I have always wondered whether it is returning birds that use these traditional areas of whether they are so attractive that they are fought over by news birds each year. Looking at the pictures I took of two of the birds today both look to be adults and one of them has the same pattern on the lores as a bird I photographed in the same location on 1 Dec 2014 suggesting very strongly a returning bird.
The shrike in Maridalen was not to be seen today and it is a while since it was last reported so it may have moved on now. It will be interesting to see if a Shrike returns here next autumn in adult plumage thereby as good as confirming a returning bird. A family party of 6 Whooper Swans in Maridalen was surely the breeding family but where have they been since they were last reported 14 November?
|Great Grey Shrike (varsler) 1. Clean white underparts and a seemingly black bill suggest adult|
|Great Grey Shrike 3. Difficult to tell but probably also an adult. Here is a link to a bird photographed at the same spot on 1 Dec 2014 wing pattern and a weak lore line suggest to me it is the same bird|