Easterly winds have been dominating for a few days now. This equals the arrival of birds. I used about one hour birding yesterday and found 50+ Goldcrests, 1 Marsh Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, Siskin, Wood Dove, some Blackcaps, about 40 Bramblings, 2 Barn Swallows and Common Sandpiper.
Obviously many migrants had arrived.
So I has quite excited to go to Svínoy this morning especially after receiving news from Mike P. about extreme rarities on Unst – Firecrest and Treecreeper.
But the evening and night had been clear and cold, so maybe most birds had already departed?
As soon as I arrived to Svínoy Goldcrests greeted me. During the day they kept coming and the total number was more than 100 birds (but no Firecrests like on Unst).
Marsh Warbler missing much of its tail
But there was a problem. The forecast promised occasional showers. Well, there only was one, but it lasted for 7 hours. And it was windy at that. Actually birding was kinda hard. So I ended up using a lot of time drinking PG Tips tea and coffee and eating Viscount Biscuits with Òli – a local resident.
Tea with Óli
But I did defy the elements a few times. And there were birds around! 3 Reed Warblers is a personal record for me.
23 Bramblings, several Blackcaps, Robins, Chiffchaffs, Barn Swallows, 100+ Goldcrests, White Wagtails, 2 Teal, 1 Wigeon and 1 Dunnock, 1 Song Thrush, many Redwings…
How is it possible to find so many vagrants without finding a single Thick-billed Warbler or other rarity? It has to be there with so many birds around. Maybe another day…