After two days of very windy conditions today was calm. The forecast looked great with calm weather… but it was raining like in the days of Noah. Yet, I went out to check Eysturoy and parts of Streymoy.
I started with Syðrugøtu, Lamba, Rituvík and Æðuvík. 50+ Blackcaps, House Martin, lots of Chiffchaffs, Bramblings, a few Lesser Whitethroats and loads of Meadow Pipits… With these numbers present there had to be something good around.
In Hvalvik I found a Little Egret (probably one of three birds moving around). And the plantation was loaded with birds. 50+ Blackcaps, Pied Flycatcher, 20+ Redpolls, 2 Waxwings, Chiffchaffs and a few Redwings.
Then I checked Eiði before heading home – but it was more of the same. Good numbers of birds but no megas.
As I arrived at the kindergarden to pick up kid nr 2 and nr 3 (Carina and Set) I got a call from Morgan Boch – a visiting french birder. He had just found a Dusky Warbler 10 meters away from his tent at a camping site in Klaksvík while photographing Redpolls… Wow, a national first! When some french birders give up others have to take over (internal joke).
The kids were picked up in a hurry and the daily conversation with the kindergarten teachers was shortened a bit – we only covered the world situation, american politics and the sheep slaughter – then I rushed home where I left the kids with my wife. I only had a short time before sunset, so I was in a hurry.
I was lucky with the one-lane tunnels to Klaksvík and after 7 minutes I was úti í Grøv. Morgan had left the place, so I had to look on my own. I found a Redpoll, a Blackcap… and then above the plantation there was a small bird in the grass…
YES! There is was! A splendid Dusky Warbler. A national first. Right in the plantation, where I have been birding as a kid. Well, not quite in the plantation but above it in small newly planted trees.
It gave good views, but it was already getting dark and it was very cloudy. So the pictures could be better. But well, another national first in the book, so no complaints! This means that two of the most expected national firsts have been found during this autumn so far!
Yesterday Rodmund found a very grey 1cy Yellow Wagtail in Sørvágur. It looks interesting in terms of “Estern” types. Any comments are welcome.