One of my faroese facebook friends had a very accurate update yesterday:
Spring is over. Summer never came.
Autumn is howling: It’s winter again.
Snow… Yes, yesterday and today it’s been snowing. It’s cold. It feels like winter – except for the fact that days are much longer. Not ideal conditions for migrants. But some have come non the less. Yesterday a male Pied Flycatcher was in Klaksvík, a Mandarin Duck has been seen in Leirvík and today Rodmund found a Hawfinch in Sørvágur.
And actually there are quite a few migrants around. Yesterday I checked Árnafirði. There were a few Redwings, a Sisken and 3 Bramblings. Nothing much, but at least it was something.
Today I went birding on Eysturoy and Streymoy. The first good bird was a 2cy Iceland Gull in Klaksvík along with a dark eyed 4cy and a pale 2cy Herring Gull.
In Leirvík a striking drake Pintail was a nice surprise. They’re not uncommon, but you just gotta love these beauties. Especially when they give superb and close views. I didn’t relocate the Harlequin Ducks which were last seen on the 17th of april in Syðrugøtu – but I’ve probably seen more Harlequins than Pintails on the Faroes, so it didn’t matter that much.
In Syðrugøta there were four Great Northern Divers including an adult in summer plumage, a few auks and two Red-throated Divers – and a few more Great Northern were at Skálafirði.
In Hósvík four Great Cormorants were present and about 20 Tufted Ducks were at Eiði along with a few Common Goldeneyes and some Whooper Swans.
In Tórshavn I found a male Chaffinch, 2 Norhtern Wheatears, 3 Wood Doves and several Robins – but nothing unexpected. But taking the cold northeasterly winds into considerations it wasn’t bad – something is happening. So hopefully the warmer weather in the days to come will bring a few good birds.