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Migrating Cormorant, Skogsøy
Migrating Great Cormorant, Skogsøy, March 2012



Cormorants are seen on the vast majority of seawatches at Skogsøy and are one of the commonest birds there. The spring migration picks up in late March and continues well into May before it drops off rapidly. The autumn migration is a much more protracted affair commencing in late August and continuing well into November.

There are a number of interesting migration patterns I will be looking into in 2006, such as the timing of the migration for various ages (it seems non-breeders also head north....).

Numbers at Skogsøy far outweigh those at the better known Utsira - probably largely because this species tends to hug the coast during its migration.

The blue line shows number of visits, the orange one the number of visits when Cormorant have been recorded and the green one shows the average numbers I have recorded in any three day period.

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Great Cormorant occurrence at Skogsøy

Maximum: 3000!

Migrating Great Cormorant and European Shag
Migrating Great Cormorant and European Shag,
Skogsøy, September 2005.
Photo: F. Gaupås



Cormorant in breeding plumage
Migrating Great Cormorant , Skogsøy 05 April 2006
No telephoto lens at all - just the camera


Northbound Cormorants, Skogsøy
Migrating Great Cormorant , Skogsøy 01 Mayl 2006
Photo: Alf Tore Mjøs



References
Tveit, B.O., Mobakken, G. og Bryne, O. 2004 Fugler og fuglafolk på Utsira. Utsira Fuglestasjon

Links
Wetlands International
Cormorant Research Group




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