Hudsonian Dunlin?


November equals gales, rain and snow. And this year is no exception. This means that birding becomes more difficult and much less time is spent in the field. But there are still birds around.

The Great Tit that I found on the 7th was relocated by a local in Klaksvík on the 12th and he managed to photograph the bird. It’s the 8th record for the Faroes.

Willow Warbler


Tree Sparrow

At Viðareiði the Tree Sparrow, a Willow Warbler, two Barnacle Geese, a Skylark and a Carrion Crow are still present.

Barnacle Goose



In Hvannasund a late juvenile Red-throated Diver seeked shelter a few days ago.

Red-throated Diver

On the 11th Erla Berghamar photographed an Arctic Redpoll in Tórshavn.

But the most interesting record was a late Dunlin in Trongisvágur photographed by Turið Vestergaard. I reacted to the bird right away and sent some pictures to Harry Hussey, who also thought the bird looked intriguing. He mentioned Hudsonian Dunlin as a possibility. On the birdingfrontiers blog, there is a post about Hudsonian Dunlins and the Faroes bird seems to fit the description.

Some characteristics pointing towards ssp. hudsonia include short streaks on the flanks of the underparts and the fact that the bill drops down at the tip. Note also the characteristic pattern of the supercilium.

But can ssp. hodsonia be reliably identified in the field outside its normal range? And do you have comments on the id?


Silas Olofson


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