After an awesome winter with Hooded Merganser, Oriental Turtle Dove, American Wigeons and Gyr Falcon spiced up with some icelandic Harlequins, Barrow’s, male Hooded Merganser, American White-winged Scoter and American Coot I haven’t felt like checking the patch all the time – what could possibly be better than that in March?
Well, one thing could. The Northern Light! During the last weeks it has been coming and going – most days just a little bit but a few evenings have been truly magical.
But birds are nice too. Today Rodmund called me. He had relocated a Green-winged Teal first seen on the 5th of February on Sandoy. If I could get to the ferry to Skopun he would pick me up and show me the bird.
So I rushed to the ferry, got on board and met with Rodmund. We drove towards lake Gróthúsvatn, but on the way the lingering Tundra Bean Goose was foraging right next to the road.
When we came to the lake the Teals had disappeared. So we started looking and found out that they had scattered over a larger area. And we kept finding Common Teals… Untill Rodmund located the bird in a small pond next to the lake! Yes! The second ever Green-winged Teal for the Faroes was booked.
After enjoying the Green-winger for a while we checked the flock of Wigeons at Sandsvatn, where we relocated the American Wigeon. But besides a Pink-footed Goose, 3 Goldeneyes and a Goosander, there really wasn’t much esle to see.
The Oriental Turtle Dove has been present until now at the plantation in Tórshavn, but it has become harder to locate and it wasn’t found today. The best bird there was a Chaffinch.