Svínoy

Svínoy

Svínoy

Today I finally got to do some birding on Svínoy – my favorite island for bird watching on the Faroes. As soon as I arrived it was obvious that warblers were present. But it was raining and windy all day long making birding a little difficult.

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

On my first walk through the village I found 3 Lesser Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Chaffinches and 3 Willow Warblers. Then I went into a house to shelter a bit from the rain and wind.

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Around 11:00 I made my second round and found 2 Yellow-browed and a Red-breasted Flycatcher fresh in from the ocean. The flycatcher was very shy and as soon as it located a dense garden it disappeared. So I didn’t get as good looks as I could have wished for – but it didn’t smell too much like a Taiga anyways.

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Red-breasted Flycatcher in the rain

As the day progressed warblers can in from the ocean and it was truly amazing to witness. This place has sooo much potential. But I only found more of the previously mentioned species and 11 Blackcaps.

Lesser Whitethroat - fresh from the ocean and soaking wet

Lesser Whitethroat – fresh from the ocean and soaking wet

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

In late august I found the first breeding Tree Sparrows for possibly 100 years or so. Back then I only found two birds – an adult feeding a young. Today I found 5 Tree Sparrows together – probably the entire Faroese breeding population.

Tree Sparrow - all 5 of them

Tree Sparrow – all 5 of them

I also had the chance to check Viðareiði briefly. Quite surprisingly a Barred Warbler, 5 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were found within 30 minutes.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Imagine what 20 birders would come up with if they checked more hot-spots today? For me this day had all the excitement I could wish for except a true rarity. Where is that Lancey hiding?

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Silas Olofson

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2 comments on “Svínoy

  1. Patrik Wildjang (Stockholm, Sweden) says:

    Looks like you had a pretty dramtic day at Svínoy as well as the tired birds! The chiffchaff gives me an impression of being a siberian tristis-type from the dull coloration in the eye-brow, mantle etc. If you heard it call with the typically straight “eeeh”. Then it could be specified as such, and who knows if the subspecies get separated in the future? I remembered I had a tristis-type chiffchaff at Sørvágur on the 22nd with you, but unfortunately it didn´t call. Cheers!

    • birdingfaroes says:

      Well, tristis-types become probably the most common warbler on the Faroes normally during mid and late october. So frankly I do not give them too much attention. You know, ther are more crazy birds to look out for like Siberian Rubythroats and Linnets…

      Cheers!

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