Suðuroy

Blackcaps

Blackcaps in Hvalba

I spent some time on Suðuroy during the weekend. I also had some moments for birding. But the weather just bad. Rain, fog and wind. Not ideal for birding at all. Non the less I did try my best and visited the hot spots all the way from Sumba to Sandvík.

The result was 50+ Blackcaps, 10+ Lesser White Throats, 5 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, Long-tailed Duck, Pintail and Teal. Due to the bad weather 3000+ Pink-footed Geese were roosting around the island.

Pink-footed Geese at Akraberg - not ideal weather for birding.

Pink-footed Geese at Akraberg – not ideal weather for birding.

So quite good numbers of warblers around, but they were all seeking shelter inside what every shrubbery they found and thus they were very hard to work with.

Shorebirds included Purple Sandpiper, 4 Common Ringed Plovers, 2 Golden Plovers, 4 Curlews and loads of Turnstones. But the biggest surprise was a big and heavy-looking Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Today I found a Lapland Bunting, a Skylark, a Chiffchaff and a few Blackcaps at Viðareiði and in Àrnafirði a Sedge Warbler was present. This was the first day of birding for about 3 weeks without any Yellow-browed Warblers seen.

Northern Wheatear - a quite reddish bird

Northern Wheatear – a quite reddish bird

It’s also getting darker and colder. It might even snow tomorrow. Was that it for now?

Lapland Bunting on Viðareiði

Lapland Bunting on Viðareiði

Silas Olofson

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One comment on “Suðuroy

  1. On a similar note, here on Utsira we have just had the local “Bombeuke” (that is the week of rare birds) and it is fair to say that it ended up as the worst for many years. Only lesser rarities were found, like Olive-backed Pipits and Blyth´s Reed Warblers. There is still much left of the autumn though and hopefully some good birds will find their way to certain isolated North Atlantic islands.

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