Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus
Occurs regularly and annually along the coasts and in the sea areas around the archipelago, mainly from June until the end of September. Particularly frequent on the east side of the archipelago. Individuals and smaller groups up to ten individuals are most common.
In the sea areas around southeast Svalbard, flocks of several hundred may occur in August. Stealing food from other seabirds, often from Black-legged Kittiwakes.
The earliest spring observation is from the western part of Spitsbergen on April 24, 2006, and the latest observation are made at Sørkappøya on October 4, 2009. The species does not breed in Svalbard.
Artsobservasjoner fra Svalbard med sjøområder