Quite a catch

Dunlin

Yesterday and today we continued birding the people from the birding society on Suðuroy. The weather was not too impressive with rain and wind. But we managed to do some birding in spite of the bad weather.

In Trongisvágur we had a fly by Crossbill, that could very well be a Parrot Crossbill. But we couldn’t relocate it. At Hvalba Janus found a possible Black Redstart, but that one also disappeared before we could get proper views. Other birds included a total of 25 Yellow-browed, a handful of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, 20+ Blackcaps, Bramblings and Chaffinches, 7 Ruff, 30+ Golden Plovers, Great Skua, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Song Thrushes and a few White Wagtails.

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still present today along with the Ruff and Golden Plovers.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Ruff

We also checked the American White-winged Scoter. And eventually we got lucky as a boat made a flock of Eiders and the Scoter come really close to the shore. That meant that good quality photos could be obtained at last. Not there shouldn’t be any doubt about the id 🙂

American White-winged Scoter

 

American White-winged Scoter

 

American White-winged Scoter

Much to our surprise I refound the Steller’s Eider in Sumba this morning. It was last seen in mid August, so I thought it was gone. And maybe it was. But now it’s back just off the village of Sumba joining the Eiders.

Steller’s Eider

 

Steller’s Eider

We took the ferry around noon to Tórshavn, where a lady has reported an American Robin in her garden (but it flew off before she could get photos). We searched for it in the surrounding areas, but only found 3 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher.

Pied Flycatcher

On my way home I checked Kunoy, where Rodmund had found a Northern Goshawk. It was windy and the rain was pouring down. As I walked through the plantation a large raptor took off, but I didn’t get good views and the trees blocked my view. So I waited for 20 minutes above the plantation, but I couldn’t relocate the bird. So I went down again only to flush the large raptor again – in deed it was the Northern Goshawk. But again the trees made photographing the bird impossible. And as I was already soaking wet I decided to leave the bird. Hopefully it will stay in the plantation tomorrow.

So during four days of birding in the rain produced Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Steller’s Eider, American White-winged Scoter, Sabine’s Gull and Northern Goshawk. Quite impressive!

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