Now we have passed the 1. march it is time for vetrarlaub-status. The winter was very snowy and cool (and the spring shows no improvements). The snowy weather made some birds easy to get – like keldusvín (water rail), jack snipe and stuff. The best birds of the winter include the first Tundra bean goose for the Faroes found on the 31. dec. It is a cold weather migrant, and birds have beem seen in Iceland and Shetland too. A first winter Ross’s gull found on 3. feb was new faroese tick for me – and what a lovely one. The bird was refound to weeks later at Tórshavn, where it is probably still present. The 3rd Smew for the Faroes was at Vestmanna along with a Velvet Scoter in late feb. Rockmund also found a female Ring-necked Duck – but I haven’t twitched it yet. I have seen two already…
The winter has had some good birds, but only 23 Iceland Gulls are nothing compared to perhaps 350 last winter. And waxwings and crossbills have been totally absent. So The totalt vetrarlaub list looks like this:
And in dec. 2009 I got these: Chiffchaff, meadow pipit, white wagtail. This brings the vetrarlaub up to 77 species.