Today I went out for an hour. On my door step a Yellow-browed Warbler greeted me.
Then I took the 5 minute drive to Viðareiði. Lots of common warblers in the garden, but nothing exceptional except the numbers.
Then I checked the area “Eysturi á Heygum”. First I found a Tree Sparrow there. It is rare in the Faroes!
Then I checked the grass fields in the area. They have previously contained 2 Pec Sands, 2 Buff-breasted Sands, Semi-Pal Sand, Arctic and Lesser Redpoll, 2 Citrine Wags and much more.
When I came there were hundreds and hundreds of pipits and soon I found a black-and-white wagtail, that was not a White. My initial though was Citrine, but after getting a bit better views the head pattern was way off. It only showed an eye stripe and not a cit-wag cheek pattern.
The bird called a few times with a call almost identical to Cit Wag.
I called Rolf Christensen in Denmark to get his opinion. He concluded by saying: Get some photos!
I then got better views of the bird and heard it several times. The call was a bit softer and less explosive than typical Cit Wags, but still very close.
But appearance was somewhat different. It seemed less bulky, wing-bars a bit smaller and it was generally less contrasting than typical Cit Wags. And the belly and breast of 1 cy Cit Wags often has a creamy buff tone to it. This one was just greyish-white.
So I feel confident that this is an Eastern Yellow Wagtail or some sick hybrid rather than a Cit Wag. Maybe I can get sound recordings tomorrow?
This being said there are people out there, who know much more about the wagtails, so comments are welcome.