Birding with the gull expert

Peter and I at Eiði

Peter and I at Eiði

Yesterday I found the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn. 15. September is the same arrival date as in 2011 – and if I am not wrong it is also the earliest date for the species to be recorded on the Faroes.

Today something even rarer happened. Belgian gull expert Peter Adriaens is on the Faroes and today we went birding together. First we checked Hvannasund where I managed to find a nice 4th winter Glaucous Gull – my first of the autumn. We also checked the remaining gulls for Glaucous-winged, Black-tailed, Slaty-backed, Yellow-legged, Caspian, Vega and Armenian Gull, but they all looked like the local species.

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

We then checked a few places on Eysturoy and Streymoy, where we found a few Willow Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats but the highlight was a 1 cy Red-backed Shrike at Eiði – first of the year.

All in all a splendid day in good company where we got to talk a lot about gulls… 🙂

 

Silas

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