On the 28th December visiting Danish birder Ragnar Smith found the first ever Hooded Merganser at Vágur. Janus and I were ready to twitch it right away, but the ferry to Suðuroy was cancelled due to a mild breeze reaching 36 m/s.
My sister in law was getting married on the 30th and after that the new years celebrations were taking place. So I had to put up with some Iceland and Glaucous Gulls and 4 Little Auks seen from the kitchen window before I could go for the visiting yank.
Fear was that firework could have scared it away, but I headed off anyways yesterday. On the way from Hvannasund to Tórshavn a Sparrowhawk was seen at Hvalvík.
It was dark when Janus and I arrived and an attempt to see the bird using the cars lights didn’t prove successful. So we ordered some pizza and stayed in a flat in Vágur.
At 10:00 it was finally bright enough to look for the bird. Actually the flat was only a few hundred meters from the lake where the Hooded Merganser had been seen.
A look from the flat door revealed a small duck-type diving actively on the lake. We jumped into the car and drove to the lake and YES! It was the Hooded Merganser. It gave good views but it was still very dark, so we decided to get some breakfast and then go back later to obtain better views and pictures.
So we did and we managed to get good views and decent pictures in spite of the dark weather.
Then we went north and checked the entire island. Highlights included 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Little Auks, a handful of Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, 4 Slavonian Grebes, an Oystercatcher, some Purple Sandpipers, some Teals, Tufted Ducks and some Whooper Swans.