Update from pre season

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

During the last few days weather has been bad, so birding has been limited. But two days ago I went out with two birders from Bahamas as the weather was nice and calm. Our main focus was warblers, but we tried to look for pretty much all species possible.

First we checked Viðareiði, where we located a Lapland Bunting and a Lesser Whitethroat – but the Pectoral Sandpiper was gone. It stayed put for two days in total. But there were good numbers of Common Snipes.

Dark variation of Common Snipe

Dark variation of Common Snipe

Then we checked Árnafirði and the reward there were a Willow and a Barred Warbler. Not bad. We then went to Eysturoy and Streymoy, where the highlights included two more Lesser Whitethroats, a few Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs, Great Northern Diver and good numbers of shorebirds including Purple Sandpiper.

Lesser Whitethrot and Willow Warbler

Lesser Whitethrot and Willow Warbler

Today I got to spend a few hours on Svínoy. I had great expectations as we had an easterly storm yesterday, but calm and cold weather yesterday night probably made a few birds leave.

Great Skua

Great Skua

 

Golden Plovers

Golden Plovers

But birding wasn’t bad (at least it wasn’t like looking for european passerines in Iceland). The first few hours I managed to find 2 Barred Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Golden Plovers and 20+ Great Skuas.

Barred Warbler

Barred Warbler

 

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

But in the afternoon new birds started to arrive and the headlight turned out to be a Sedge Warbler, that gave horrible views (except when I just found it and my camera was in the bag due to rain). Its skulkyness was a good reminder of just how difficult it can be in a few weeks, when hopefully there will be Lanceys, Pallas’ Groppers, Grey’s Groppers, Thick-billed Warblers, Siberian Rubies and Siberian Blues all over the islands… So it all feels a little bit pre season now.

Skulky Sedge Warbler

Skulky Sedge Warbler

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