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European Shag - Toppskarv - Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Toppskarv - Topskarv - Karimetso - Cormoran huppe

European Shag has to be one the most regular species occurring at Skogsøy, however, there seems to be a lot going on and some very interesting information should be collected during the season of 2006. There appear to be quite defined seasonal movements of this species - something that is often masked by movements to and from roost sites. Not traditionally viewed as a migrant over much of its range this species definitely migrates.....birds that breed further south in Rogaland spend the winter further north in Trøndelag.

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

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European Shag occurrence at Skogsøy

Maximum: 430

Occurrence of European Shag at Skogsøy, Norway
The number of Shags reported at Skogsøy by week number.

This, I think is a typical example of how data from artsobs can give the wrong impression. The peak in late April / early May is simply because more people spend time seawatching then....

Wetlands International
Cormorant Research Group

Shags in flight with a Cormorant, Skogsøy, March 2020
Three Shags and a Cormorant in flight past Skogsøy
It is not always this easy to separate these two species but normally it is straightforward enough

Southbound Shags, Skogsøy, April 2018
Southbound Shags, Skogsøy, April 2018


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