Two-barred Crossbill

Two-barred Crossbill – photo by Søren Sørensen

Birding is still on summer mode. But the first migrants are slowly turning up. Today I found a female Pintail, a Tufted Duck and two Common Scoters at Funningsfirði. And a few days ago two Great Cormorants were present at Morkranes. They extint on the Faroes more than a century ago, but with an increase in sightings recently maybe they are about to come back?

Great Cormorant

 

Great Cormorant

I’ve seen four Common Crossbills during the last few days and a male was found moribund at Toftir. But the highlight has been a female Two-barred Crossbill seen by Søren Sørensen in the plantation in Tórshavn 3 days ago. It is the 13th record for the Faroes, and all the records come from the period between late June and August (except for a juvenile lingering till late September).

Two-barred Crossbill – photo by Søren Sørensen

Søren also saw a putative American Black Duck at Kirkjubø, but sufficient views could not be obtained. So maybe I should look for it eventually.

Silas

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