The only regular “birding effort” has been the heligoland trap on Nólsoy, where species like Paddyfield Warbler, Green Warbler, Radde’s Warbler and Melodious Warbler have been caught.
Other than that most birding has been rather random with groups visiting every now and then – and tourists or locals finding weird things – like an Amur Falcon photographed with an Iphone on the stairs, or a man happening to hit a Scops Owls with the car or catch a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater on a trawler or catch an Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross during long-line fishery.
It is hard to say which record is the best Faroese record, but besides the above mentioned Sandhill Crane, Needled-tailed Swift, Lesser Kestrel, Common Nighthawk, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and the american subspecies of Long-legged Buzzard are surely some of them. But probably Amur Falcon is the weirdest record so far.
But just how random the records are can clearly be seen by looking at the birds not recorded yet. My personal and updated top eleven as most likely national firsts in random order are:
1. Pallid Harrier
2. American Golden Plover
3. Spotted Sandpiper
4. Lesser Yellowlegs
5. Temminck’s Stint
6. American Herring Gull
7. Black-throated Thrush
8. Greater Short-toed Lark
9. Booted Warbler
11. Red-eyed Vireo
Now let’s see what the autumn brings. And autumn is about to start. So far Wryneck, Wood Warbler, several Willow Warblers, Spotted Flycatcher and Grey Phalarope have been recorded.
This evening David Lindo aka the urban birder is gonna visit for 6 days. The weather forecast looks less than ideal, but hopefully some good birding is due in the concrete jungle of the Faroes. Tomorrow we will do serious urban birding on the heavily populated Svínoy (10 residents). Hopefully some good migrants will be around.