Well, since the update 5 days ago a lot of birds have arrived. Now it really is party time with lots of birds around.
A few days ago I had a few hours on Svínoy, where there were good numbers of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, a few Merlins and Lesser Whitethroats. But the best birds were a single Reed Warbler and a single Marsh Warbler.
Yesterday I checked Vágar in order to find some yanks. With Swainson’s Thrush in Iceland and two in Scotland there has to one around. But I didn’t find any. The best birds were a Wood Warbler and another Reed Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers – but with the number of warblers around something good has to be out there.
Rodmund checked Suðuroy yesterday. The island was a little disappointing as he “just” found two Yellow-browed, some Lesser Whitethroats, a Citrine Wagtail and a Sedge Warbler. Yes, standards are high here!
But when he returned with the ferry something happened. As he was relaxing inside without bins or camera an albatross flew right next to the ship. He identified it as a Black-browed. It was seen at only 70-100 meters distance but not photographed. There are two previous records of Black-browed and one of Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatros from the Faroes.