Final countdown

American Wigeon?

American Wigeon?

Today I went to do some birding counting around Norðskála. They plan to plant a lot of trees in the area, so they wanted to know which birds were around.

American Wigeon ?

American Wigeon ?

By chance the first bird I saw was the putative American Wigeon, which is still around in the area.

Other good birds included Reed Warbler, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 12 Curlews.

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

I also checked Hvalvík. There were a few Yellow-browed Warblers around, but suddenly I heard a call resembling Hume’s Leaf Warbler and soon after I located a tricky plain phyl. I tried to play back Hume’s Leaf Warbler and it responded right away – but it never gave good views and disappeared in the plantation.

Hume's Leaf Warbler or?

Hume’s Leaf Warbler or?

Hume's Leaf Warbler or?

Hume’s Leaf Warbler or?

The bird was pale with the wing bars looking pure white, the feet were dark but not totally black. The bill was kinda orange underneath. It is just a pale Yellow-browed or could it be a Hume’s?

While searching for it a yellow-rumped Yellow-browed Warbler appeared. It didn’t show any crown stripe and both legs and bill appeared orange – so I guess it is just a weird Yellow-browed rather than a Pallas’ Warbler. Quite a funny fellow.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

 

Appearence just before take-off

Appearence just before take-off

It started to rain and get windy so I had to give up. So I gave Eiði a try. Best birds there were 5 Goldfinches and a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Tomorrow is my last full day on the Faroes before heading back to Turkey. But as the weather looks now with storm and rain I guess this was it for now.

Silas

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One comment on “Final countdown

  1. To distinguish between Yellow-browed Warbler and Hume´s Leaf Warbler is difficult on many photographs, also the ones presented here. If you believe in the theory “vocalisation over morphology” then you can expand on this record. With the apparent change in the breeding distribution of Yellow-broweds a higher hybridisation rate is to be expected, a plausible result of which is the rise of records in northern and northwestern Europe the last few years of birds with conflicting characters and or vocalisations.

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