The American Dream

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

After seeing four American bird species in a day on the 7th of May Rodmund and I decided to spend two days at Suðuroy.

I woke up at 4:30 yesterday and headed out. I checked Eiði, where I found a Common Pochard and two Gadwalls before meeting Rodmund at the ferry terminal in Tórshavn. We headed for Suðuroy and did some birding from the ferry. The best birds were Great, Pomarine and Arctic Skua.

After arriving we headed north to Hvalba and Sandvík. There were Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Shelduck and a single Lesser Whitethroat around, but noting rare.

Then we checked Fámjin, where we saw Pintail, Curlew, a few Dunlins, Chiffchaff and Great Northern Diver.

So we went to Hov, where we found a Hawfinch, some Chiffchaffs and Northern Divers. We ended up checking Sumba, where we relocated a Steller’s Eider first seen in October last year. It gave superb views and kinda saved our day.

Hawfinch

Hawfinch

Today we first checked Sumba where the Steller’s Eider was still present. We also checked several other spots, but the most significant were 3 Chiffcaffs in a single garden, a few Iceland Gulls, Slavonian Grebe and a Knot.

Steller's Eider a1

Steller’s Eider

So we headed to ferry and went back north. While on the ferry we received news about a Linnet seen in the morning – the 5th for the Faroes.

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

 

I went to drop of Rodmund in Sørvágur. He didn’t seem to keen on the Linnet. On Vágar we checked Vatnsoyrar, and there we relocated two Ring-necked Ducks at a small pond. They gave amazing views.

As I headed back home I passed by the place, where the Linnet was seen. So I checked the place and found the bird right away as it was eating grass seed. I got some nice pics before heading to Eiði, where a Bluethroat was present.

Linnet

Linnet

 

Linnet

Linnet

Then I went home to be with the family.

We did hope for gold and glory and a lot of yanks, but had to settle with a Linnet, two Ring-necks and a Hawfinch. But we had a great time down south, even though the dream of Americans didn’t turn into an American Dream.

Silas

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