Yesterday the finnish birders with Harri (up) Hölltä as leader and I headed out birding again on Suðuroy. With the great catch the day before nobody expected to surpass that. And when old Finnish birders start using words as awesome and marvelous after a full days birding you can be pretty sure it was almost beyond imagination.
Anyways we checked Suðuroy again and it turned out that the Steller’s Eider, the Blyth’s Reed Warbler and the Lancey were still present. The Blyth’s even gave supreme views, but the Lancey was left after being flushed twice.
The Pectoral Sandpiper was also present, but this time it was not alone. While walking on Akraberg one of the Finns flushed two Pectoral Sandpipers together. I didn’t see the bird though. But I’ll survive.
Apart from Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Lesser Whitethroats a total of 13 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen – so all in all a good day.
This morning we took the ferry to Tórshavn and birded a bit there. In Kirkjubøur we heard a Yellow-browed Warbler and some Gannets brought much excitement to the finnsticks.
After that we checked the boreal forest in Tórshavn, where it was obvious that Finns like forest birding. Oh the excitement about Robins and Collared Doves!
We then briefly checked Sandagerið before departure. After observing there for about 20 minutes I got into the car. But then with the speed of light Harri opened the car door shouting “White Heron”… I jumped out and what??? Flying in from the ocean came a splendid Little Egret. It tried to land, but didn’t do it as it was harassed by crows and gulls. We watched it flying for a few minutes before it disappeared over Hoyvík.
A nice farewell bird as the finnsticks head to Iceland to see Barrow’s, Harlequins, Gyr Falcons and Cerulean Warblers…