Visit

Svend Erik, Peter and I

While Iceland has Slaty-backed Gull and Tree Swallows there isn’t really nothing much to report for the Faroes. Two danish birders, the brothers Svend Erik and Peter Petersen, are currently visiting. We’ve been birding for the last two days and we’ve seen about 60 species so far.

The best birds have been Slavonian Grebe, Shelduck, Garganey and Pintail at Sandoy, Hawfinch and two Mandarin Ducks in Tórshavn, Sooty Shearwater and European Storm-petrel at Æðuvík… We’ve only had northwesterly winds, so it is cold – about 2 C. And european spring overshooters like Subalpine Warbler or Wryneck seen almost ridiculous even to think about.

Knots in Árnafirði

The real highlight came yesterday when one of my brothers in law called me to say that there were a lot of red birds on the beach of Árnafirði. I went there and found about 1000 Knot on the beach. They gave amazing views and really gave colour to an otherwise rather dark day – enjoy the images!

 

 

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2 comments on “Visit

  1. Pim Wolf says:

    Hi Silas,

    that should be a pretty unusual sight in the Faroes? Do you regularly get groups this size?

    regards, Pim

  2. birdingfaroes says:

    Hi Pim

    I’ve never heard of flocks this size before, so it is pretty unusual – but smaller flocks have been seen on Suðuroy, Sandoy, Vágar and Viðoy yesterday and today… So surely the species is migrating these days.

    Regards, Silas

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