Early autumn kick-off

Wood Warbler

September has started and the birding peak of the year is approaching fast. Passerines are moving south in large numbers. Species like White Wagtails and Meadow Pipits can now be seen and hear everywhere, Arctic Terns have mostly departed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls are much reduced in numbers.

August and early September are mostly quiet when it comes to rarer birds. The first Garden and Barred Warblers have been booked though. Willow and Wood Warblers have also been around. But stable, sunny weather did not produce any massive arrivals from the east so far.

Barred Warbler

A Mandarin Duck at Eiði was a slight surprise though.

Mandarin Duck

Shorebirds are around in good numbers. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Common Redshanks and Knots are all moving south.

Two days ago the remnants of hurricane Ida hit the Faroes. And as I checked Viðareiði (8 minutes drive from home) I found a Pectoral Sandpiper.

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

So yesterday I decided to do more proper birding to the north and west. At Eiði I found another Pectoral Sandpiper along with all the common stuff.

At Sørvágur I also found a Pectoral Sandpiper. So three records in two days. That is quite remarkable since there were only 8 records before this. Now there are 11 records of which I have found 8 myself. Admittedly finding Pec Sands gets a bit trivial, but I do have to break the rules of the Gyr Crakes – ´cause otherwise I´d be out of pools.

Thou shall always bird – The Gyr Crakes

But well, the autumn is still to peak. So maybe… just maybe… I might find the first American Golden Plover for the Faroes. After all I did find Eurasian Stone-curlew and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler this year… so maybe.

Other news include a few lingering Rose-coloured Starlings making this years total to reach 15 birds. And the Ross´s Geese seen for a single day in spring where excepted by the Danish Rarities Committee and placed in the oh-so-lovely category D, which contains all birds that are either escapes or genuine vagrants. I guess we need one with a Canadian ring or an arrow from some Canadian First Generation tribe – like the famous Pfeilstorch. Google it – just for fun. This is how bird migration was detected!

Now let us see what autumn brings.

Silas

Pelagic birding

European Storm-petrel

From May to the start of July I spent about a month on long-line fishing vessels in Faroese waters. I were gathering data for the “Faroe Marine Research Institute” about by-catch. This work provided me with a unique opportunity to do pelagic birding.

The beginning of May was rather cold and windy, but the birding was awesome. Every day provided thousands of Fulmars, hundreds of Gannets and Great Skuas and occasional Manx Shearwaters and Arctic Skuas.

Great Skua and Fulmar

It was interesting to see how the different species fought over discarded scraps. The Gannets were able to dive down and catch fast-sinking items. They also used a trick were they came from below and gapped the food from the bills of the Fulmars.

Gannet

Gannet and Fulmars

The advantage of the Fulmars is the lack of fear. They get really close to the boat. Literally touching the site of it and just wait for the scraps to be flushed overboard. So they are pretty much always the first ones to catch the food. But they fight viciously over the scraps and if the food item is big enough other birds are often able to steal it.

Pale Fulmar

The Great Skuas are some of the strongest birds out there. They use their strength to plunge into the mist of the Fulmars grapping the bites and then flying off. But they fear the Fulmars as they try to vomit on the Great Skuas. Seeing the Fulmars in defense mode was truly amazing.

Fulmar in defense position

Great Skua

A few oddities also turned up as both a Purple Sandpiper and a Barnacle Goose visited the ship.

Barnacle Goose and Great Skua

My personal highlight was the passing of Pomarine Skuas. A few birds passed the boat every day. Nice adults in prime plumage with long tail-extension. On a single day I had 21 birds passing the boat giving supreme photo opportunities.

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua

Pomarine Skuas are rarely recorded on the Faroes and I think this is the first time the species is actually photographed in Faroese waters. But the observations proved that the species migrates north in some numbers west of the Faroes (the same would likely be true east of the Faroes).

A single dark Lesser Black-backed Gull was likely a ssp. intermedius, which to my knowledge has never been confirmed on the Faroes.

Dark Lesser Black-backed Gull

A second trip started in June and ended early July. Fulmars, Great Skuas, Gannets were now joined by European Storm-petrels (ESP). In May I didn´t see a single Storm-petrel, but now I had totals up to 250 per hour passing the boat. In windy conditions they even came very close providing some great photo opportunities.

European Storm-petrel

A single Leach´s Storm-petrel also passed the boat, but it was distant. I did get a crappy photo though.

A few Pomarine Skuas still passed the boat, but all were 3cy. Finally a few Long-tailed Skuas also passed the boat though they only hung around for seconds or minutes. All of them turned out to be 3cy-birds. Probably non-breeding birds roaming the seas.

Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua

The trip offered two genuine surprises. The first was a Greater Scaup passing the boat. Not an expected species off-shore.

The biggest surprise proved to be a Black Guillemot that passed the boat 40 nautical miles east of Fugloy, which is the easternmost island of the Faroes. It showed a very white underwing and the white patch on the inner part of the upper wing had white extending out of the outer wing making this a Black Guillemot of the subspecies mandtii from the arctic. Black stripes in the white wing-patch made me age it as a 1. summer. If accepted it will be the third Mandt´s Black Guillemot for the Faroes – and my second self-found.

Mandt´s Black Guillemot

Currently I am waiting for the phone to ring in order to head out again on another pelagic trip. Hopefully some nice rarities are out there waiting to be seen!

Gannet

Silas

Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Eastern Bonelli´s Warbler

Spring migration was much delayed due to the coldest May on record, but we have had significant late arrivals of migrants during the first two weeks on June. On the morning of the 8th I found a skulky Marsh Warbler at Viðareiði along with several more common migrants. That was a promise of more to come so I went birding with 10 year old Elias Lützen, who had the day off from school.

Marsh Warbler

We decided to check Millum Fjarða, where a Little Egret had been photographed. Sadly we didn´t see the egret, so we continued to Eiði. The first surprise was a presumed Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid.

Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid

Singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Icterine Warbler and several Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers were also nice. Elias was also very pleased with a summer plumage Slavonian Grebe on the lake.

Icterine Warbler

We then continued to check the most remote gardens. As we arrived I saw a small warbler with purely white belly and brown upper parts. I reacted to it right away, and the colours just shouted ”rarity”. After a while I got reasonable photos, but I was not sure if I was looking at an Iduna or a Phyllo. The plumage was worn and bleached. I posted some pictures on my FB-wall and also got some great personal comments from Yann Kolbeinsson and Magnus Hellström.

The conclusion was that it was a Bonelli´s Warbler. I had heard some chirp-like calls that I thought came from the bushes, where bird was foraging – but I was not entirely sure. I had to drive back home, but the next day I retuned to try to record the call.

Eastern Bonelli´s Warbler

The bird was still present in the same garden, and just 5 minutes after arriving it started calling eagerly with a chirp-like call. I was able to record the call and Magnus made a sonogram of it. He also compared it to the Eastern Bonelli´s Warblers. His comment was this: ”Songram 1 is your bird, 2 is from Greece and 3 from Cyprus. A good match. The frequency and length is spot on, and note that the sound consists of two parallel notes, like a double backslash, like this: \\ ”

Sonogram by Magnus Hellström

This is the first record of Eastern Bonelli´s Warbler for the Faroes. It is a true rarity with only two Shetland reords and two records from Sweden. I don´t know the situation in Denmark or Norway – but surely one of the rarest birds I have found on the Faroes. I was also lucky enough to find the first Western Bonelli´s Warbler for the Faroes a few years back in Kunoy. This will be the 27th national first that I have found (or co-found).

On the way home I found a Black Redstart beside the road at Klaksvík. In is the 12th national record.

Black Redstart

Rosy Starling

During the last few days Rosy Starlings have turned up in numbers. I´ve heard of 11 birds so far and I was lucky enough to see two at Viðareiði the other day.

Silas

The month of May

Pilot Whale

The month of May was cold on the Faroe Islands. Actually the coldest ever measured. Snow and freezing temperatures were its trademarks this year although the last week of the month improved a little bit.

The first ten days of the month I spent on a long-liner west of the Faroes. More on that later. But that meant that I only started to do proper birding on land from the 10th onward.

The first highligh was on the 12th when Jón Aldará found a ssp. thunbergi male Yellow Wagtail at Sandágerð in Tórshavn. As I was only 10 minutes away I twitched the bird. The same period also proved good for hirundines as Sand and House Martins and Barn Swallows showed in good numbers.

Then cold weather again made spring migration slow down, but on the 25th an American Black Duck was present along with a presumed hybrid ABD x Mallard at Søltvík, Sandoy.

On the 26th I a total of 49 species were present on Svínoy including a Wood Sandpiper – the 9th record for the Faroes.

On the 28th I visited Suðuroy. In Sumba I found Spotted Flycatcher, Greater Whitethroat, Rook and a Skylark was singing at Akraberg.

The real highlight was on the 29th though. As I scanned Sumba I found Common, King and Steller´s Eider in the same flock off the coast. That was quite amazing. The Steller´s Eider was a long-staying female, but the King Eider was a nice male.

I saw 74 different species during two days on Suðuroy. That is quite ok taking the wind and weather into consideration. Another highlight was a male Reed Bunting in Sandvík – an uncommon fellow up here.

On the 31th I found another Wood Sandpiper on Viðareiði. On the 1st of June Jóna Ólavsdóttir sent me at video of some small white geese. She was the one who found two Snow Geese in late Apríl. The geese looked spot on for Ross´s Goose, so at 19:45 I drove 1½ hour to Vatnsoyrar, where I managed to connect with the Ross´s Geese.

There is one previous record of Ross´s Goose from the Faroes in 1962, but it was considered an escape. If these birds are accepted it will be the first record for the Faroes.

On June 2nd I went to visit Svínoy along with Jórun Pólsdóttir. Birding was nice with Red-backed Shrike, Garden and Willow Warbler, Greater Whitethroat and Common Swift.

Outside the village I checked a flock og Eurasian Golden Plovers. Two Arctic Skuas flew over the flock and within the flock a large, brown bird with white on the outer wing and slow wing beat took off. I almost panicked as I told Jórun that I just found an Eurasian Stone-curlew – first for the Faroes.

Finally I pulled myself together and obtained some photos as the bird landed. We got a little closer and more pictures were obtained. Then it took off and settled behind some rocks, where it hid.

Eurasian Stone-curlew was not on my top ten over most expected new additions to the Faroese list. But well, always a pleasure to add another bird to the Faroese list. This is the 25th that I have added.

Silas

Spring news

Three ring-necked Ducks at Toftavatn

Looking at my last post I think to my self: What a wonderful world… oh no, rather what a lazy host. Not a single update for months. How come? Well, I frankly don’t know except for me being lazy.

But well, as March turned into April snow melted at last. I spent a week in Denmark in March photographing birds for a new field guide to the birds of the Faroe islands, that I am working on with Jórun Pólsdóttir currently.

As I returned I took a 5 minute detour from the airport to see the third Great Crested Grebe for the Faroes (and my second). It was at the exact same spot as initially located and I got some nice pictures.

Great Crested Grebe

Then on the first of April I found three Ring-necked Ducks at Toftavatn. The lake had been solid ice for a month but after thawing the ducks had made their appearance. It later turned out that they had been seen on the lake earlier by Rodmund.

The month of April turned out to be rather good with two Hornemann´s Arctic Redpolls (none that I saw), a single Hoopoe in Trongsvágur and on the 9th of April I found a nice dark 3cy Kumlien´s Gull at Eiði, which showed really well.

Kumlien´s Gull

On the 13th Jón Aldará found an American Green-winged Teal at Kaldbaksbotn. We had just had a meeting, so I was only 10 minutes away, so I did the detour and obtained great views of the yank.

Amerian Green-wined Teal

A visit to Sandoy along with Kim Frost produced two Tree Sparrows, which are rare here. But they do seem to be establishing themselves here slowly as another two were present of Svínoy on the 24th.

Tree Sparrows at Sandoy

On the 19th a blue and a white morph Snow Goose were present at Vatnsoyrar. I managed to connect with the birds and obtained some great views with awesome local help. The Snow Geese seem to be the same as in Iceland in January this year.

White and blue Snow Goose

Other bird news include the first Whimbrels, Northern Wheatears, White Wagtails and two Pied Wagtails, up to 20 House Martins, a few Barn Martins and Black-tailed Godwits.

During next week I will be on a long-line fishing boat conducting by-catch surveys. And of course I hope to get some time to scout for sea-birds!

Silas

Winter has passed

Tindholmur at sunset

It has been a while since my last blog post. But slowly we Faroese people are waking up after winter hibernation. Or so it feels.

The winter has been cold – in fact the coldest for at least 27 years with snow an ice covering the entire country for weeks and weeks. Most lakes froze over and the scenery was just stunning. As winter days are no longer than five hours from sunrise to sunset the snow brightens up the days significantly and January was easier on people than normal due to the snow and calm weather.

Whooper Swan on ice

The harsh winter provided some good winter birds. Flocks of Snow Buntings came down from the mountains to forage in the villages. They are fairly common here, but tend to stay at high altitudes except when snow forces them down.

Snow Buntings

The winter has also been good for birds like Common and Jack Snipe and Water Rail, but surprisingly no Woodcocks were recorded though most of western Europe saw quite an influx of the species.

Jack Snipe

Common Snipes of different color morphs

On Sandoy I found a likely hybrid Ring-necked x Tufted Duck in January.

Ring-necked x Tufted Duck

Ring-necked x Tufted Duck

At the same location Russian White-fronted Goose was also present with some 250 Greylags.

Russian White-fronted Goose

Two Taiga Bean Geese have been present all winter at Viðareiði and they are still around.

Taiga Bean Goose with Greylag

When it comes to white gulls (Iceland and Glaucous Gull) the winter has been just about average. With my experience from working on trawlers at sea I am convinced that the white gulls have quite a pelagic life style in winter – and they do need some stormy weather to be forced into the harbors.

Gull fest

Early winter saw quite an influx with an estimated 1000 Iceland Gulls present around the country. But as frost and clear skies became dominant most birds disappeared. Now we’re back to normal with rain and wind – and numbers of Iceland and Glaucous Gulls have again increased with a few ssp. kumlieni among them.

On the 18th of February the first Lesser Black-backed Gulls turned up as I found three birds around the islands. It is an early arrival date for the species, but I guess strong south-easterlies combined with a freezing Europe made them come early.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Oystercatchers have also arrived early and five Lapwings arrived at Viðareiði in mid February. So it starts to feel like spring.

Lapwing

The winter highlight is of course the first national record of Pied-billed Grebe. It was present at Eiði until the 29th of January, when the lake froze over. Only small hole remained in the ice on the 3rd of February, and there I found a nice female Ring-necked Duck along with a few Tufted Ducks, Common Goldeneye and Whooper Swans. A single Song Thrush was also present at Eiði.

Pied-billed Grebe

Ring-necked Duck

Song Thrush

Silas

2020 review

Kobdo Pheasant in Bayan-Olgii

The year of our Lord 2020 has finally passed. A year with corona, restrictions and loads of birds. I spent the first half of the year in Mongolia – primarily in Khovd in the west but also visited Ulaanbataar and the southwestern corner of Bulgan.

Mongolia is an awesome place for birding with a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with many of the eastern migrants, that just might turn up in autumn in Europe. I am not going to mention all the great birds that I saw during the first seven months of the year in Mongolia, but just some highlights.

During the winter I encountered the rare Kobdo Pheasant endemic to western Mongolia (along the Khovd river) – see image above.

In late May I found the first documented record of Long-tailed Shrike for Mongolia.

Long-tailed Shrike

In June I found the third Ashy Minivet for Mongolia in Bulgan, SW Mongolia. This might be the westernmost record of the species ever.

Ashy Minivet

A February holiday in Thailand provided me with a few hundred lifers including Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Normann’s Greenshank and Blue Pitta.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

It would lead to far to mention all the cool species from Mongolian and Thailand, but you can scroll though my birdingmongolia blog here: https://birdingmongolia.wordpress.com/

On the 11th of August we arrived on the Faroes on vacation. But 2020 had already produced some really good birds already. A Tufted Puffin was sadly shot during legal alcid hunting in January in Vestmannasund, a male Collared Flycatcher was seen in a garden in Porkeri on the 25th of April and on the 27th May Jón Aldará found the first Broad-billed Sandpiper for the Faroes.

The autumn proved very good on the Faroes. We had plenty of easterly winds and overall there were migrants to be found the mid August and pretty much throughout the year.

On August 22nd a Hoopoe was found in Miðvágur. I relocated it the following day. It proved to be one of two or more likely three Hoopoes seen during the autumn.

Hoopoe

Rarities like Citrine Wagtail, Pectoral Sandpiper and Arctic Warbler were seen during September. The month was full of birds but lacked megas.

Arctic Warbler

But as October arrived so did the rarities. Paddyfield Warbler on the 2nd, three Ring-necked Ducks on the 6th, and an amazing double of two firsts for the Faroes within 20 minutes and only 100 meters apart were an Isabelline Shrike and a Little Ringed Plover.

Isabelline Shrike

Little Ringed Plover

October also offered an additional Arctic Warbler, Surf Scoter and Steller´s Eider.

Surf Scoter

As the days got darker in November I found a likely Eastern Yellow Wagtail in Sumba. If accepted it will the first record for the Faroes, but we are waiting for samples to be tested for DNA.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

A Blue-winged Teal was photographed in Tórshavn on the 14th, but not seen since, but on the 19th I found a flock of five Ring-necked Ducks on Toftavatn. Quite an arrival of yanks!

Five Ring-necked Ducks

On December 6th Turið Vestergaard photogeaphed a Black Brant at Trongisvágur. It is the first record of this subspecies on the Faroes.

Black Brant

During December six Taiga Bean Geese were also seen.

Taiga Bean Geese

On December 16th I found the first Pied-billed Grebe for the Faroes at Eiði and it is still present today.

Pied-billed Grebe

In late December two Velvet Scoters were present in Haraldsund and plenty of Iceland Gulls are around the islands. Among them there are several nice, dark Kumlien´s Gulls. Numbers are not exceptional like earlier in autumn, but there seems to be quite some movement as new birds seem to arrive as soon as we get some northerlies. Maybe the next months will be really good for white-wingers.

Velvet Scoter

Kumlien´s Gull

Silas

Christmas came early

Pintail

It is almost Christmas. Days are awfully short. On a bright day you might have three hours of birding although the length of the day is a bit more than five hours from sunrise to sunset.

In spite of the short days there are still birds around. November saw a great arrival of Iceland Gulls numbering probably more than a thousand birds around the country with more than 100 birds present in the harbor of Fuglafjørður.

Iceland Gulls

But southerly winds and temperatures up to 8 C have meant that numbers have again decreased somewhat. But it will be interesting to see if the next storm from northern directions will mean another influx. In Fuglafjørður a ssp. borealis Common Eider was also present.

Common Eider ssp. borealis

Early December highlights included two Common Coots were present at Toftavatn, a Pintail at Tórshavn and four Taiga Bean Geese at Eiði.

Taiga Bean Geese

On the 6th December Turið Vestergaard photographed a Brant in Trongisvágur, which was easily identified as the first Black Brant for the Faroes, maybe of the Grey-bellied Brant-variation.

Black Brant

I took the ferry to Suðuroy and managed to relocate the bird of the 8th. This is the first record of Black Brant for the Faroes.

Black Brant

Today I went birding with Jórun Pòlsdóttir. We are working on a new field guide to the birds of the Faroes including a complete list of all records of rare birds on the Faroes, nice pictures, identification clues and much more. Writing this book is actually my primary work currently. But after hours of writing I do like to get out around noon for a little birding. Today we drove to Eiði, some 20 minutes drive from were we work.

Soon I noticed a Little Grebe-type thing in the distance. Jórun got on to the bird right away. As we walked closer she asked how I could be sure it was a Little Grebe from such a distance only using bins. I replied that it was either that or the very rare Pied-billed Grebe, but that would be highly unlikely.

Pied-billed Grebe

As we got closer I got better views. And that bill did look heavy. My heart started pumping as the jizz also seemed to resemble Pied-billed Grebe. I took some hand-held iso 2000, 1/160S with my 1200mm eqvivalent lens and was able to study the bird in detail. I sent some back-of-camera-shots to Rasmus Strack and Yann Kolbeinsson, who both confirmed the id as a Pied-billed Grebe.

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

I was just stunned. Yesterday we secured a good amount of support for our Faroese field-guide, today we found a national first… what a couple of days. Christmas surely came early this year!

Silas

Winter mode

Pale Kumlien´s Gull at Suðuroy in November

Late November means winter mode. On bright days there are about four hours of decent light to do with from 10:00 til 14:00 and on dark cloudy days there is almost non. But hey, in less than a month days will become longer…

White mountain tops

We have had the first snow of season, but currently only the mountain tops are dressed in white. But there are still birds around.

Already in October Iceland Gulls and Glaucous Gulls arrived in numbers. Normally the numbers of Iceland Gulls peak in February, but this autumn and winter has produced several hundred individuals already. So there might be a winter of gulling ahead of us. Among the nominate Iceland Gulls a few Kumlien´s Gulls have also showed up. It would be nice to get a new invasion of these wonderful gulls this winter.

White-wingers in Klaksvík

Nice dark Kumlien´s Gull in Vestmanna

But there are also other birds around. On the 15th I found a Goldfinch at Tórshavn. A nice and bright indivudial that gave good views.

Goldfinch

On the 19th I found a flock of five Ring-necked Ducks at Toftavatn. This is the second time that suck a large flock has been spotted on the Faroes. Luckily I managed to get the all in one frame.

Five Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

On the 24th I went birding with Janus Hansen, his wife Agnes and Jórun at Viðareiði. There we found two Taiga Bean Geese. It is the 5th record of Taiga Bean Geese, which are much rarer than the Tundra Bean Geese, which are almost annual visitors now.

Taiga Bean Goose

Taiga Bean Geese

With Glossy Ibis in Shetland, Dark-eyed Junco and two Ivory Gulls in Iceland it does look like the winter might have more to offer… If only the days were longer and brighter…

Silas

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Waves in Sumba

From the 11th to the 13th November I visted Suðuroy along with Jórun Pólsdóttir. Our goal was to continue writing a field guide to the birds of the Faroes and also do some birding.

As we took the ferry from Tórshavn to Suðuroy we saw both an adult Kumlien’s Gull and a pod of dolphins.

Kumlien´s Gull

White-sided Dolphin?

Birding on Suðuroy was nice as there are still good numbers of birds around. This is probably due to the exceptionally warm temperatures lately.

In Hvalba we found a late Lesser Black-backed Gull, which showed nicely.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

In Famjin we found a Song Thrush and a male Common Merganser along with Siberian Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Common Merganser

Sumba stole the headlines as so many times before. The southernmost village of the Faroes is just awesome when it comes to birding. Common Crossbill, four Siberian Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps and a Goldfinch were all nice.

Goldfinch

It was rather windy and observing the waves was stunning. Grey Seals seemed to enjoy the waves and several animals were seen well.

Storm

Grey Seal

Grey Seal

Storm

As I walked along the shore I flushed a wagtail, which landed about 50 meters away. It looked like a juvenile Yellow Wagtail. Soon I got better views and was able to observe a long hind-claw, lack of any yellow color and a short, sharp metallic call. It surely had an eastern feel to it.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

In the brisk winds it was hard to get any good recordings, but I managed to get some flight calls recorded. Henrik Bohmer was able to make a sonogram. It spite of the bad quality of the recording it seems to fit Eastern Yellow Wagtail quite nicely.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail sonogram –
First two are Eastern Yellow Wagtails. Then ssp Beema and the fourth being the Sumba bird

I sent some pictures to Yann Kolbeinsson in Iceland, who encouraged me to collect droppings. So rather than getting good pictures I observed the bird from the distance until it eventually littered. I collected the droppings and Rasmus Strack from Denmark is currently helping me sorting out how to get the sample safely analyzed.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

If accepted as an Eastern Yellow Wagtail it will be the first record for the Faroes. And it will be my fifth self-found wagtail species of the autumn as I’ve already found Yellow, White, Grey and Citrine Wagtail this autumn. Hopefully Forest Wagtail will be next.

The Steller’s Eider was also still present in Sumba.

Steller´s Eider

Silas