I returned from Turkey to the Faroe Islands a few days ago and I will spend the autumn here. Last year my wife and I bought an old house in the village of Hvannasund. It needs some attention before it can deserve to be called a proper home, so I am probable gonna swing a hammer more than my bins this autumn.
But during the last two days I was reminded why nothing beats birding on the Faroe Islands in autumn.
Yesterday I ordered some timber, which was dumped in front of our house. When I went to pick it up a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was sitting on the timber. If flew off to my neighbours roof. Only my third ever on the Faroe Islands. And it was still flying around the house today.
The last few days have offered southeasterly winds. And after yesterdays Rose-coloured Starling I took two hours off and went to Àrnafirði 5 minutes drive away. And again I was reminded just why birding of the Faroes is awesome.
First Willow Warbler, then Common Rosefinch, then Barred Warbler, then Garden Warbler, then Blackcap, then Wryneck, then another Wryneck, then another Common Rosefinch…
Wow, massive arrivals in a Faroese perspective. And remember that this is one small village that is not a hot spot as such. I wonder what Svínoy contains…
The day’s total numbers were Rose-coloured Starling 1, Wryneck 2, Common Rosefinch 3, Willow Warbler 5, Barred Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 2, Blackcap 1 along with the common stuff.
Autumn has come. Now I will only settle for a national first :)