Today I went to Svínoy. My target was of course Siberian Accentor as it has been for the last month almost. Upon arrival I checked the first gardens. To my delight there were 5 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs and lots of Redwings around. The Lesser Whitethroat looked interesting almost resempling a Desert Warbler, as the head was almost brown.
Further checks revealed more of the same. But at the harbor I found a pale Yellow-browed Warbler-type. It’s 31. October. It’s pale. It could be a Hume’s. Well, in the bright autumn sun it looked kinda saturated in colours, but still pale. So I followed the bird as it moved towards the gardens. And then duiiipppp. A dry single-toned call. Not the explosion and sharpness that you get from a Yellow-browed – and now I have passed 100 this year. Wow. Was it actually the first Hume’s Leaf Warbler for the Faroes? A few claims have been made, but non accepted.
Well, it was really grey, but the colour impression was very much dependant of the light conditions. I soon lost it in the dense gardens before relocating it in a ditch. But then it disappeared. Ohhh… too many ditches on Svínoy.
After several hours of searching I relocated the bird in the village and tried play-backed. Bingo! Beautiful reply with a classic Hume’s call. And I even managed to get the call on video. So it might actually get accepted.
The bird proved to be very hard to approach as it was just flying around everywhere between the northern and southernmost gardens and even frequenting ditches. Svínoy is just too big for a single birder.
But well, if accepted it will be the first Hume’s Leaf Warbler for the Faroes.