It’s been kind of slow since I found the Blyth’s Reed Warbler 6 days ago. I’ve been out birding a bit , but nothing special has turned up. There are still a few warblers around, but nothing really good. But Rockmund did hit the jackpot by finding the second ever Semi-palmated Sandpiper for the Faroes in Sørvágur the other day.
So I went to check Viðareiði to look for shorebirds. After arriving “Eysturi á Heygum” Rockmund called me. While we were talking a flock of 4 shorebirds flew by. I finished the conversation and checked the birds. Wow, that surely looked like a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in the flock. But the birds disappeared behind a ridge and I were not able to enter the area.
After a while three of the birds came back. Wait… yes, there surely was one Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Very nice! But what? What’s that? Yes, there are two of them and one Dunlin. Wow. Another double up yankie-wader day at Viðareiði (previously I’ve found two Pec. Sands. together there).
Buff-breasted Sandpiper is almost new to the Faroe. Todays birds are the first to be seen alive. The only other record is a dead bird (I think it was only a wing) found on Nólsoy on the 3rd of april 1977.
What a beutyful bird, and great photos, when o when will i see a Buffbreasted Sandpiper live ?
I have seen one in Kerala, India. There is a photo too.
Kerala sandpiper Birding Holidays