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