The joy of birding

School kids on Svínoy

School kids on Svínoy and their teacher

Sorry for the lack of updates, but finally I am back. Last week I visited Svínoy for a few hours. There I had the joy of talking the 3 kids in the islands school out birding. The teacher wanted them to learn a bit about birds, so we went for a long walk in the village. We managed to see some Yellow-browed Warblers, Black-tailed Godwit and other shorebirds. The kids were quite excited, but when I wanted to teach about individual variation of black colouring on P10 on local adult Herring Gulls they kinda lost attention.

Other good birds around included Little Bunting, Siberian Chiffchaff, Brambling, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Merlin.

Tristis type Chiffchaff

Tristis type Chiffchaff

This weekend the Faroese ornithological society made a trip to Suðuroy. There were lots of migrants around – probably the highest numbers I’ve ever counted during autumn. For instance we found 33 Yellow-browed Warblers yesterday and good numbers of Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Bramblings.

The Faroese birders in their traditional garments

The Faroese birders in their traditional garments

But the highlights were a Blyth’s Reed Warbler, 1 Woodcock, Song Thrush, Steller’s Eider and a Bluethroat. Eventhough no true megas were found birding was extremely joyful!

Yellow-browed Warbler - one of 33 seen in a day. The highest count on the Faroes ever!

Yellow-browed Warbler – one of 33 seen in a day. The highest count on the Faroes ever!




Today I checked Eiði, where I found 7 Yellow-browed and a Little Egret among the common migrants. Not that Yellow-browed isn’t common these days.

Little Egret

Little Egret

Then I checked Vestmanna, where the highlight were 2 Yellow-browed and then some real megas! A flock of 4 Mute Swans! It is only the 4th record of Mute Swan on the Faroes.

Mute Swans

Mute Swans


Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Then a French birder – Morgan – texted me to say that he had found a Firecrest in Tórshavn in the plantation. It will be the first national record if accepted. So I hurried there, but we could not relocate the bird and no photos were obtained. But what a record!

All in all a splendid weekend with tons of birds!



2 comments on “The joy of birding

  1. Benoit says:

    I’m surprised when you say that the kids lost attention when you explained the variation on gull’s P10!

    Thank-you for sharing your observations! Your blog is great.

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