Marsh and stuff

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

There are still lots of migrants around. Every proper garden contains a few or several warblers these days.

Garden Warbler

Garden Warbler

The most dominant species are by far Willow Warbler followed by Garden Warbler. They are present in all the major gardens I’ve checked on the Northern Isles.

Whinchat

Whinchat

During the last few days I’ve seen more than 40 Willow Warblers, 17 Garden Warblers and a few Blacksaps, Chiffchaffs and a single Whinchat and Barred Warbler.

Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel

A few scarcities have also been around. A Common Kestrel, two Collared Doves and a Grey Wagtail were present at Viðareiði today.

Wryneck

Wryneck

Yesterday a Wood Warbler and a Wryneck were present at Vestmanna.

Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler

But the highlight (at least when in comes to rarities) was the 9th Faroese record of Marsh Warbler at Kunoy a few days ago.

Black Swan

Black Swan

Oh yeah… a Black Swan has been present at Mjáuvøtn for a while too.

Overall a very exciting week. And when you take into account that I have only been birding for a few hours in total and only checked rather few locations the total number of birds on the islands must be rather impressive. And I’m sure some good birds have been out there. Hopefully something really good like a Paddy, Arctic, Greenish, Bonelli’s, Lancy or something like that will turn up soon.

Silas

 

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4 comments on “Marsh and stuff

  1. Henrik Brænder says:

    Hi Silas
    It is very interesting that you see a lot of warblers in the gardens up north. I arrived to Suduroy yesterday around noon and did spend the afternoon looking for warblers (among other birds) in Sumba and Famjin. I manage to find a few willow warblers and 2 commen rosefinches. The reason for the lack of other birds could be that it was raining all day. Today (Friday) is was raining a little bit first thing in the morning but after 8.30 the weather got better. But still I didn’t manage to find e.g a single Sylvia even do I visited Sumba, Famji, Trongisvágur and Vagur. You could argue that the reason Is my lack of skills 🙂 but do you thing that the weather could have that big an influence on the distribution of birds on the Faroe Island? Hopefully the lack of rain the next days will bring some birds to Suduroy.
    Kind regards
    Henrik

    • birdingfaroes says:

      Hi Henrik

      Well, Suðuroy is always good and arguably the best birding spot on the Faroes. So I am sure there are warblers around. But the best places are Porkeri, Hvalba and Sandvík. In Vágur and Tvøroyri there are too many gardens, so it is hard to find the warblers.

      I have an idea that Shetland in rare cases could be the reason why many birds sometimes arrive to the northern part of the Faroe Islands where as Suðuroy doesn’t get a lot. But I am not sure. Anyways there should be some good birds around down south.

      If Scotland gains its independence I think Shetland and the Faroes should become a union of some sort… Well, 300 years ago we spoke the same language 🙂 And Shetland birders would come here and find rarities…

      Cheers,

      Silas

  2. Pekka Rusanen says:

    Hi Silas, my first sight on that whinchat on fence put my mind travelling towards stonechat (eastern?). Just came back from Siberia…sorry

    Pekka

  3. Hi Silas, I agree with Pekka. My first impression was also eastern stonechat. One fact is that the primary projection looks to short for whinchat. Do you have more pictures?

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