This weekend Janus and I went to Suðuroy. We also invited Rodmund, but he had to take care of his sheep (I know – it’s the most common excuse for not birding).
We met at the ferry and started birding right away. From the ferry we saw several Great Skuas, a few Arctic Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and 6 Manx Shearwaters.
We checked a few lakes before we went to Vágur, where we stayed. We saw Greater Scup, Gadwall and a few Tufted Ducks.
In the morning we started at Sumba. Dunlins, Red Knot and Common Ringed Plovers were present in good numbers. But the best bird was the long-staying Steller’s Eider. A lifer for Janus.
We then continued further north, but except for Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and common shorebirds there wasn’t too much to see.
At Hvalba we found a Greenshank. A quite good record and the first for 6 years on the Faroes I guess.
We then checked Sumba again were the Steller’s Eider gave supreme views and a male Pied Wagtail was also around.
In the morning we checked Sumba again. A skuly Marsh Warbler gave terrible views, but was heard it call a few time. The Pied Wagtail and the Steller’s Eider were also present.
Above the village we also saw two Carrion Crows, which is a quite rare bird here. Other than that we didn’t see a lot, but we managed to find 72 species in two days.
On the way home a Great Skua was seen feasting of a Greater Black Backed Gull – quite cool!