13 most likely

Since my last post I’ve been involved with some meetings and I haven’t had a lot of time to go out. But the weather has been bad, the wind is wrong and the birds have gone… or well, today I checked Viðareiði, where there were some garden warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps. The same species were present i Hvannasund, but there was nothing at Árnafirði or Oyri. So not even a yellow-browed to rapport.

The next few days will see some southerly winds and then we’ll have some westerlies. That is not exactly the best thing for euroasian birds. In 4 days time Søren Sørensen and Mads Bunch will join me for one months intense birding. Our initial plan was to go to Svínoy on the 2nd, but with all these westerlies coming we’re going to Mykines instead. Hopefully it will produce some really good american birds – we’ll stay there for at least a few days and if there’s a lot of action going on we’ll stay there for a month! Our fingers are crossed 😉

Last year in march I made a list with the 13 species that were most likely to turn up on the Faroes for the first time. Three of the 13 have been recorded by now. Those are  firstly Curlew sandpiper – which was number one on the list. Little bunting has also been admitted to the list (a dead bird at sea many years ago) and a blyth’s reed warbler was found last week.

So a revised list looks like this:

1: Short-toed Lark – common in Shetland and 3 records on Iceland, and people on Utsira don’t even lift their bins ’cause it’s so common there (30 records to 2004 according to Tveit, Mobakken and Bryne) and 4 in one day – and there is one old putative record for the Faroes.

2: Lanceolated warbler – found in both Iceland, Shetland and Utsira. There is one pallas’ for every 4 lancy’s in Shetland and we already have a pallas’, so a lancy should be on the door step.

3: Parrot crossbill – we have 10 two-barred crossbills. I think a parrot should come eventually.

4: A catharus-thush – as weird as it is none have been recorded here YET.

5: Red-eyed vireo – 18 in Iceland untill 2000 and several on the Western Isles. It should be here somewhere in october.

6: Yellow-rumped warbler – 14 in Iceland, a few in Shetland and one in Utsira. It should be the first dendroica for the Faroes.

7: Richard’s pipit – from late september they are all over Shetland, and if they reach Shetland they much come to our shores.

8: American golden plover – common in Iceland.

9: Bonaparte’s gull – should be regular!

10: Lesser yellowlegs – hm…

11: Long-billed dowitcher – 3 in Iceland just now!

12: Pallid Harrier – seen both in Iceland, Utsira and Shetland in 2011.

13: Siberian blue robin, kirtlands warbler, forest wagtail. A few wp-megas have been seen on the Faroes and another one is much expected!



One comment on “13 most likely

  1. Mike Watson says:

    There are quite a few near misses that we are waiting for in the UK – both accentors and Grey-necked Bunting particularly. It is only a matter of time! Good luck! Best regards, Mike

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