May Review

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

The month of May is history. It is gone and it will never return. But how will it be remembered? It has been cold and quite wet and even snowing till at almost the end of the month. And there has been close to no easterly winds.

What does that mean? It means no eastern migrants. As far as I know only two Blackcaps, a few Lesser Whitethroats, less than 100 Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and not a single Flycatcher, Redstart or Whinchat have been recorded. It is THE worst spring for eastern migrants that I know of when it comes to numbers.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Well, a few eastern birds have been seen including Linnet, Yellow-billed Diver and a single Eastern Subalpine Warbler.

On the other hand the spring has been uttermost surrealistic. The total number of American Duck records has increased with almost 40% (not counting sea ducks) as these have been recorded:

Green-winged Teal 3 males (2nd to 4th record for the Faroes)

Ring-necked Duck (3 males)

American Black Duck (3rd for the Faroes)

American Wigeon (2 males)

A map that shows were the American ducks and the Greater Yellowlegs have been recorded

A map that shows were the American ducks and the Greater Yellowlegs have been recorded

 

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

It is a total of 8 American Ducks in a month. Simply amazing!

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

But the true highlight was a Greater Yellowlegs initially identified as a Lesser Yellowlegs. It is a national first a not a very expected record as both Long-billed Dowie and Lesser Yellowlegs have not been recorded yet.

Lesser Yellowlegs a6

Greater Yellowlegs

White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver

Just to add to the obscurity a 3cy Iceland Gull is just outside the kitchen window – and it is June. Will a Suphur-bellied Black Cuckoo-Beesley’s Lark be next?

Silas

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