Danish visit


Mistle Thrush - curtesy by Ragnar Smith and Philip Elbek

Mistle Thrush – curtesy by Ragnar Smith and Philip Elbek

Three Danish lads, Ragnar, Philip and Rene, have been visiting the Faroes for the last week. They’ve been around most of the country and they’ve also found some quite good birds. The absolute rarities include a stunning Mistle Thrush and a mouth-watering Goldfinch. They also successfully twitched the Western Bonelli’s Warbler yesterday and they heard the bird call as Western.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

But the best bird they have found was a Siberian Stonechat at Hvalba a few days ago. It is the third record for the Faroes and a very nice and pale individual – which has a certain Stejneger’s feel to it.

Siberian Stonechat - curtesy by Ragnar Smith and Philip Elbek

Siberian Stonechat – curtesy by Ragnar Smith and Philip Elbek

 

Siberian Stonechat - curtesy by Ragnar Smith and Philip Elbek

Siberian Stonechat – curtesy by Ragnar Smith and Philip Elbek

Yesterday I went birding for a while with the young lads and then they stayed at our home during the night. This morning we to the ferry to Svínoy (Silas and Ragnar) and Fugloy (Rene and Philip).

I was quite excited, ‘cause I really haven’t used much time on Fugloy. Obviously is has to be good, but there are just very few gardens, trees and shrubbery on the island. Well, it is perfect for Locustellas, Pipits and Buntings… but I do prefer Svínoy. But is it the right choice? It is like letting the Out Skerries unwatched.

But today Philip and Rene checked the island. 20+ Blackcaps is impressive, Song Thrush and House Martin. Quite good. And then: Little Bunting! The 5th for the Faroes and 3rd this autumn. Good job.

Little Bunting

Little Bunting

Ragnar and I checked Svínoy. About 15 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs including a tristis, 1 Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff and a few Robins weren’t too bad. But right upon arrival I heard a Richard’s Pipit call and I told Ragnar about it right away. After an hour or so Ragnar got decent views of a Richard’s Pipit on the center of the island. Nice! The 4th Richard’s Pipit for the Faroes!

We walked a lot to see if we could relocate the bird, but it was gone. 4 Long-tailed Ducks, a Grey Seal, two Fieldfares and a bunch of Redwings were the most exciting things.

But with both Richard’s and Little Bunting we were all kinda happy.

Silas

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