One of the things that really shock foreign birders is the fact, that I have permission to enter most good gardens on the Faroes. Frankly people just find it interesting if I ask if I can look for birds in their gardens. That would not be the case in most of Europe.
Yesterday I checked Fugloy – the easternmost island of the Faroes. And Hattavík is the easternmost village. It really is way out in nothing. There is not a single tree in the village, so it doesn’t keep most birds for long. But it is stunningly beautiful.
The other village on the island is Kirkja. It has a few gardens and can potentially offer great birding. But yesterday it was kinda wet and cold. So when the first villager invited me to eat and have a cup of coffee I accepted the invitation. It was nice sitting there in the 100 year old house chatting to Jógvan Páll. But after an hour I went birding.
But suddenly a window opened and the mayor of the village invited me to eat soup in her house. I accepted the invitation and when I entered the living room I found several other visitors including the pastor from Viðareiði. And the soup was not just soup. After the soup came locally produced meet, local potatoes and other good stuff – all perfectly cooked. And then a ton of chocolate and coffee afterwards.
Well, I didn’t find any Pine Buntings or Siberian Accentors on Fugloy, but I really had a good time.
On the 1. November two Great Tits were seen in Klaksvík by Eskild Hansen in his garden. I went there today and as soon as I came Eskild invited me to drink coffee and eat cake while waiting for the birds to return to the feeder. So we had a lovely chat, loads of coffee and good cake. And then suddenly the Great Tits were there! It is the 6th record for the Faroes.