Birding the Faroese way

Eastern Chiffchaff

Eastern Chiffchaff

During the weekend I went birding with a group from the Faroese Ornithological Society. Birding conditions were far from ideal due to strong easterly winds. But we did try our best to get something out of the situation.

Rockmund (left), Janus (middle) and I (right) showing Faroese birding fashion.

Rockmund (left), Janus (middle) and I (right) showing Faroese birding fashion. 

(photo: William Simonsen)And we did manage to find some birds. A few of the more scarce species included 4 Great Northern Divers, Gadwall, 2 Wood Pigeons, 11 Blackcaps, 5 Northern Chiffchaffs, 4 Eastern Chiffchaffs, Greater Scaup, Iceland Gull, a late Lesser Black-backed Gull, some Long-tailed Ducks, Common Goldeneye, 2 Bramblings, Fieldfare and some Redwings.

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

But the best bird was a Hawfinch, that gave brief views in Fámjin. Always a charming bird to see.

Brambling and autumn colours

Brambling and autumn colours

Saturday night we went to see Aksal Poulsens bird collection in Sumba that includes the only Sandhill Crane ever recorded on the Faroes – a bird that flew into a wire and later died.

Sandhill Crane (photo: William Simonsen)

Sandhill Crane (photo: William Simonsen)

All in all in was a very good weekend with excellent compay even though the weather and the birding could have been better.

Silas Olofson

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