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Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet, Skogsøy 30 March 2007

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

Maximum: 904, 12 July 2003

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


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