Today I went to Svínoy again. This october eventually has to deliver something more than Yellow-browed Warblers and Red-breasted Flycatchers. The wind has been better than horrible at least as the northerlies have turned into almost no wind for 3 days now. But it is just not quite good enough – the sibes do need a real push to get out here. And that push has not occurred yet. After all we are a bit further out than Shetland – which has had quite a decent autumn (but I guess that each garden is guarded by a dozen birders – except for Unst, where Mike P. does it all).
Well, today I went to Svínoy. And it was much like the entire month of October so far. Quite good numbers of birds but that mouth-watering Thick-billed Rufus-tailed Sibirean Blue Ruby Grey’s Grashopper Grey-necked Chestnut Waterthrush just didn’t appear. In fact no really good birds have been recorded in october so far. Of course I haven’t spent so much time birding due to the new-born baby – but there could have been just one single mega…
But well, I went to Svínoy. There I found 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Sibirean Chiffchaff, Common White-throat, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Mealy Redpoll and 11 Long-tailed Ducks.
But the best bird of the day was a Tree Pipit. They are regular, but not common up here. And mid october is quite late. This brings my autumn pipit list to a stunning 3 (Rock, Meadow and Tree)!
Another positive surprise is that the Tree Sparrows seem to breed like rabbits. In august I found two (ad. and juv.). In september I found 5. Today I found a flock of 9 including some newly fledged juveniles. Seems like they’re doing just fine on Svínoy.