Today I checked Viðareiði quite throughly. 5 Blackcaps, 6 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, Short-eared Owl and a Lapwing were the best birds around.
In Árnafirði there were more Goldcrests, Blackcaps and Siberian Chiffchaffs, but quality stepped up a bit with a Common Rosefinch and a Dunnock.
Then I checked Kunoy and Klaksvík. Goldcrests and more Goldcrests. That Firecrest had to be there somewhere. I’ve checked about 300 Goldcrests the last week. According to Mike Pennington (yes, the Mike Pennington) 9 have been recorded on Shetland this autumn surpassing the old record of 5 by almost 100%. Furthermore Harry Hussey told me that it was a good year for the species in Ireland. So it should come.
Just as I returned home after an ok day in the field Karl A. Thomsen sent me two pictures of a Firecrest. Her wasn’t totally sure of the id, but they pics spoke for themselves. Another national first! He found the bird in his garden. Since I still had 2 hours of usable light I drove the 25 minute drive to Syðragøta.
As I started birding I found 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 Goldcrests, Siberian Chiffchaff and 4 Redpolls (one pos. Arctic). But then when light was fading and winter was coming I spotted a small bird in a Larch tree. Goldcrest size with white eyebrowe. YES! The first Firecrest for the Faroes relocated!!! Finally Gold turned into Fire!!!
I managed to get some poor pictures in the fading light. But at least Stephen Dunstan cannot tease me about the wonders of the Skerries when it comes to Firecrests this autumn!
Unlike White-crowned Sparrow, Wilson’s Storm-petrel and Parrot Crossbill Firecrest was actually on the top 11 of most expected new to the Faroes. Maybe this is a good time to call it a top 10 from now on.
After a long period of bad weather, lots of common migrants and scarcities a true rarity was finally found today. But I’m not quite ready for hibernation yet. Maybe there is still a good bird or two left to be found?