On the 3rd of September I was birding in Vestmanna. The place was loaded with birds – Wryneck, Wood Warbler, Willow Warblers etc.
Between 18:24:19 and 18:24:20 I photographed a Saxicola. I didn’t see it with my bins, but got 5 identical pictures of it before it flew off. I searched for it for 5 minutes, but it was gone. And there were three reasons why I didn’t pursue it:
1) In the pouring rain it didn’t strike me as anything else but a Whinchat.
2) The thought of it being an Eastern type Stonechat didn’t even strike my as it was only early September (would’t it be like claiming Yellow-browed in August?). Then I found out that the only Faroese record is of a female on the 9th of September 1946… hmm…
3) In the garden I had earlier caught glimpses of a pale acro with a strong eyebrow. I saw it twice, but didn’t nail it before it got dark. So I didn’t use too much time chasing the Whinchat…
After having looked at the picture again of the Saxicola it really looks like an Eastern Stonechat… Comments are welcome.