Well, I hate westerly winds. From mid september there were yellow-browed all over the place. But from first october we’ve only had westerly or northerly winds – and birding has been accordingly. A few yellow-browed lingered to about 7th october, but then we had clear weather and temperatures down to almost zero – and snow it mountains. That kicked the last warblers away from our islands. And since then we’ve had southwesterlies to westerlies all the time. So only very few birds have arrived since then. So I’ve felt like giving up – the autumn is over.
Yesterday night was clear with full moon (almost). So today we didn’t find a single warbler on Suðuroy. It really is quite depressing when you know, that the gardens could be loaded with birds if the wind only came from southeast.
But the trick is not to give up. There has to be something good out there. And we’ve been birding all day. In Sandvík we saw a long-tailed duck and two slavonian grebes. In Hvalba Søren found two goldfinches and at Vágur Mads found a garganey – a very late and unexpected record. Another good bird was a yarelli white wagtail, which is uncommon here. But that is pretty much it – hopefully something better will turn up in the days to come.