I am not really that active right now when it comes to birding. The days are really short, the weather usually bad and the birds are few and far between. Yesterday I went shopping for christmas with my wife – i.e. holding the bags while she’s shopping. But I got my share as we did a 5 minutes stop i Kollafirði, where I found a flock of Snow Buntings.
Today it was quite windy, but I had to get out. First I checked Klaksvík, where a very pale first winter herring gull was roosting. A first winter rather darkish Iceland Gull ssp. glaucoides was at the catch and a second winter Glaucous Gull flew by further north.
I then checked Hvannasund and Viðareiði. The only good bird was a Bean Goose. It gave excellent views as long as I stayed in the car and I obtained some nice pics. I think this is the first Taiga Bean Goose this winter and the third ssp. fabalis ever for the Faroes. At least it was rather big and heavy and it had plenty of orange on the bill.
Yesterday a man saw a raptor in Sørlarfirði, that was a bit smaller than a raven. It was seen in a small plantation (or actually just some tall trees covering some silos). Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to go look for it sooner rather than later.
And Rodmund has seen a possible Black-throated Diver in Leynavatn, but he didn’t have time to check it properly.