If yesterday was nice today was great! We started the day checking Sandvík. The weather was nice, but a little cold. We soon found out that some new birds had arrived, but the only thing of interest were two tristis chiffchaffs and the number of dunnocks had increased to two bird frequently calling and chasing each other.
We then headed to Hvalba, where new birds were evident. Two tristis chiffchaffs were soon found and both willow warblers and blackcaps were present. I had just checked a garden when a great grey shrike flew into that very same garden – wow! My first on the Faroes and only the 7th ever – and the first for 36 years! Nice! Soon Søren joined me and we got to enjoy good views of the bird as it ate a house sparrow while sitting on a fence!
I then went to check the meadows and reeds in Hvalba. I soon found a moorhen and a few chiffchaffs and blackcaps. But suddenly I flushed a massive and big pipit about 20 meters away from me. It was calling with a house sparrow’ish call, but the call was more harsh. Yes!!! I had just flushed the first ever Richard’s Pipit for the Faroes… I called Søren right away and he gave up searching for the moorhen and rushed towards me. The pipit went down a few hundred meters away from us, but after a few seconds it took off and landed on the local soccer field (one of the very few soccer fields with real natural grass on the Faroes). There it stood for a while and I obtained a few pics, which were taken from more than 100 meters distance. I wouldn’t go any closer, because I was scared to flush the bird.
But of course a couple were out walking their dog and they managed to flush the bird. We didn’t see where the bird went down, but we were confident that we could relocate it. We searched the whole day, but we couldn’t relocate the it .
But we had seen it, heard it and even obtained some documentary pics, so we were more than happy! In the afternoon it started raining cats and dogs, so we had to give up birding a little early. Hopefully the rain will bring in some new birds for tomorrow – and once again the Fair Isle-theory was proven to be right: The rarities oftentimes come the day after the big arrivals!