Three days ago I checked Svínoy briefly. A Lesser Whitethroat was the first of the year. A Barn Swallow and a few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were also present. But that was pretty much it.
Two days ago Rodmund and I went to Suðuroy hoping for Craig Swallow or Marmora’s Warbler. We had a splendid trip that included a Mink Whale and Harbour Porpoise from the ferry, horse back birding at Hvalba and a total of 70 species seen.
The highlights included summer plumage Great Northern Diver, Pintails, Gadwalls, about ten of each Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, 6 Manx Shearwaters, lots of Puffins, Guillemots. 2 Long-tailed Ducks, Common Scoter, Wood Dove, Pied Wagtails and about 15 Sanderlings.
The best birds were a Tern in Hvalba and the 6th Faroese record of Linnet. Not exactly mouth-watering in a wp context, but good in deed for locals 🙂