Suðuroy

Steller's Eider

Steller’s Eider

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.

Red Knots and Dunlins

Red Knots and Dunlins

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.

Steller's Eider

Steller’s Eider

 

Steller's Eider

Steller’s Eider

 

Steller's Eider

Steller’s Eider

We then continued further north, but except for Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and common shorebirds there wasn’t too much to see.

Janus

Janus

At Hvalba we found a Greenshank. A quite good record and the first for 6 years on the Faroes I guess.

Greenshank

Greenshank

We then checked Sumba again were the Steller’s Eider gave supreme views and a male Pied Wagtail was also around.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

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.

Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler

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.

Carrion Crows

Carrion Crows

On the way home a Great Skua was seen feasting of a Greater Black Backed Gull – quite cool!

Great Skua

Great Skua

Silas

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One comment on “Suðuroy

  1. Rodmund á Kelduni says:

    He,he Silas.

    Well, a Green Winged Teal at the golden spot at Vatnsoyrar and a American Wigeon at lake Sørvágsvatn is some kinde of birding 😉

    The Yanks are still popping up on the Islands, so keep an eye out for more Yanks.

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