As the light is slowly but safely returning it is possible to use more hours in the field. This again means more birds seen. February really is a nice month as the daylight increases rapidly – maybe on of the best months of the entire year.
Two days ago I checked the plantation in Tórshavn. Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch and Water Rail were the best birds around.
In the harbours good numbers of white-wingers are still around including about 5 Kumlien’s Gulls.
Yesterday I found a female King Eider in Klaksvík. King Eiders are almost annual on the Faroes. I’ve seen 3 females and 2 males during the years. But both the males were seen 10 or more years ago – so a new male would surely be nice though yesterdays female was quite a beauty.
Today Rockmund and I checked Sandoy. Upon arrival in Skopun a few Glaucous and Iceland Gulls were around.
At Sandsvatn we found 3 Common Goldeneyes, 245 Greylags, 1 Eastern Greater White-fronted Goose, two Pink-footed Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, about 150 European Wigeons, 1 American Wigeon (long-staying), Common Merganser, 8 Curlews, 20 Tufted Ducks and 4 Common Pochards.
The weather was awesome which made the birding delightful.