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Northern Gannet - Havsule - Morus bassanus
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Northern Gannet in strong headwinds, October 2018
Northern Gannet, Skogsøy, October 2018

Gannets are seen on almost all seawatches at Skogsøy, although they are irregular from the end of November to the middle of February. Average numbers tend not to exceed 100, although counts of double this figure are not unusual. is a regular visitor in small numbers, especially in July. Numbers tend to increase slowly towards mid September before they drop off again.

Utsira, further to the south is generally considered a much better locality for pelagic seabirds and indeed has much better day records for both Manx and Sooty Shearwaters. Maximum counts of Northern Gannet at Utsira, however, are very similar, or perhaps a little lower than at Skogsøy - why is this?

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

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Northern Gannet occurrence at Skogsøy

Occurrence of Gannet at Skogsøy by week number
Number of Gannets observed at Skogsøy by week number. Source: artsobs
Histograms produced this way are very biased towards observer effor - and a lot more people spend a lot more time seawatching in late April / early May.....The biggest counts are often in July.

Maximum: 904, 12 July 2003

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

Gannet heading north at Skogsøy, May 2020
Gannet heading north at Skogsøy, May 2020

Gannets passing Skogsøy, July 2019
As the year progresses more juveniles are seen, May 2019

Northern Gannet in strong headwinds, October 2018
Northern Gannet in strong headwinds, October 2018

Gannet, Skogsøy, May 2018
Gannet, Skogsøy, May 2018


4787 visits to this side since January 23, 2006.

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