A calm and sunny day has ended. When I drove the kids to the kindergarten this morning it was cold – about 2 C. But cold weather often equals sunny days. So after finishing work I went out for a few hours to enjoy the sun.
My brother-in-law found a male Pochard at Árnafirði two days ago, so there is something happening. And today was the best day so far this spring when it comes numbers.
First I checked Hvannasund, where I found a few Chiffchaffs. But I soon headed north to Viðareiði. There were Meadow Pipits and Wheatears all over the place – and about 50 White Wagtails. So it was actually quite exciting. I decided to take a long walk around the village.
After 5 minutes the years first Spotted Flycatcher sat of a fence – and I managed to get some photos, but it was chased around by Wheatears all the time.
All of a sudden two small ducks flew over my head. Hm… it took a few seconds to process the impression, but well – it were two male Mandarin Ducks. I’ve never seen them on the Northern Islands before, so it was a nice and exotic surprise. They landed in an area with no public access, so I didn’t get any good pics.
A few moments later an American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid flew over – it has been seen now and then during some years now.
A few Dunlins and about 50 Golden Plovers provided a little more excitement, but no rarities were among them. In Klaksvík a single Iceland Gull is still present.