The last few days have been quite exciting. Two days ago the head of the Atlantic Ariways called me. She had two guys who wished to go birding with me. And all of a sudden David Lindo alias the Urban Birder was outside my door. So after showing him my wall of fame (pics of my national firsts) we went birding at Viðareiði.
It was raining a bit, but not too windy. So we managed to see some good birds including a Gadwall, which is my first at Viðareiði. Then we checked Árnafirði, where David found one of those grey Willow Warblers. But the highlight was a splendid male Long-tailed Duck in full summer plumage. Other birds included Common Scoter, Chiffchaff and a brief fly by Yellow Wagtail. Hopefully we’ll see David back on the islands sooner rather than later!
I checked the place again yesterday, and the Long-tailed Duck was still present and a Lesser Whitethroat was my first of the year.
Today I checked Svínoy. It was loaded with migrants. There were birds in every garden. Common migrants included 13 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, two Blackcaps, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Tree Pipits, a stunning 11 Barn Swallows and a Pink-footed Goose.
More scare migrants included a Common Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a summer plumage Slavonian Grebe and two Sand Martins. The settings were just spot on for a mega… But it didn’t materialize.
But a wonderful day on Svínoy with loads of excitement with both migrants and breeding birds including several Great and Arctic Skuas and 500+ Arctic Terns – and not to forget coffee and biscuits at Símons place (a local resident).