Weekend in Suðuroy

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Three days of birding on Suðuroy with the Faroese Birding Society has come to an end. A total of 64 species were seen. It might not sound as much but it is quite good up here.

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

The island was not loaded with birds though. These were the most numberous migrants: c. 100 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 15 Robins and 50 Bramblings.

Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Scarce birds include Sooty Shearwater, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebes, Shoveler, Jack Snipe, Redstart, Whinchat, Song Thrush, several Sibirean Chiffchaffs, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers and 4 Long-tailed Ducks.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Siberian Chiffchaff

We also managed to find 4 rarities, that need to be submitted to the Danish RC.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

The first rarity was a Black Redstart at Lopra. This is the 11th record for the Faroes.

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

In Porkeri a Great Tit was present even though it was quite elusive. This is the 5th record for the Faroes.

Great Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

In Vágur we saw two Yellow Wagtails. One of them looked like a ssp. flava. If accepted as a flava it will only the third since 1950.

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

The last rarity was an Arctic Redpoll in Sandvík. Unfortunately it evaporated from the surface of the earth and could not be refound after the initial sightings. So photo documentation could be much better. But it did show a large white patch on a rump. But nailing it to subspecies level might be impossible.

Arctic Redpoll

Arctic Redpoll

Arctic Redpoll

Arctic Redpoll

Arctic Redpoll  - a glimpse of the rump

Arctic Redpoll – a glimpse of the rump

The weather was ok. A little rainy at times, but very very warm. A stunning 14 C yesterday… Thanks to the participants for a great weekend. It isn’t exactly WP mouth watering rarities that we found. Probably most of you wouldn’t even lift your bins for the birds seen – but from a local perspective it was actually “local awesomeness”… And aren’t we all in fact locals?

Janus, Willy and I - wearing Faroese birding clothes

Janus, Willy and I – wearing Faroese birding clothes

Silas

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