This morning Søren Sørensen and Mads Bunch landed at 10 o’clock in the morning. One month of intensive birding has started! Janus Hansen met us in the airport and we went out to bird the island of Vágar.
First we went to the house we’re renting and then we went out birding. First we checked Miðvágur were we found two chiffchaffs in some gardens. Then we checked the plantation, where we saw a bird fly by. Mads soon relocated the bird at noticed: It’s just a goldfinch… What? Goldfinch has only been seen 5 times before, so it’s a real rarity. A nice and beautiful start to the month. On the beach there were two adult lesser black-backed gulls.
After Miðvágur we cheked Gásadalur, but there was nothing there. Then we checked Sørvágur. First we saw a garden warbler and then 3 willow warblers, 2 chiffchaffs, one yellow-browed warber and a red-breasted flycatcher – only the 11th for the Faroes. On the beach there was a curlew, a dunlin and two ringed plovers.
Then we checked Sandavágur, where we saw 3 yellow-browed warblers, one wood warbler, 2 chiffchaffs and a spotted flychatcher.
All in all it was a good day, but the huge quantities of birds in september have departed. Now we’re facing some serious low pressures coming from west and according to Yann Kolbeinsson they look REALLY promising – so tomorrow we go to Mykines. Hopefully there will be something to blog about out there!