Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

Marsh Warbler (?)

Today I found a small acro-looking passerine at Viðareiði. It was very elusive and during an hour of observation it only gave brief views calling with a tack now and then. I posted a few ”Back-of-camera” shots of the ”acro”on facebook, where it was suggested that it might be a Booted Warbler, which would be a national first.

I have never seen Booted Warbler, so I had no point of reference. But it behaved in a acro manner. At one point the bird jumped on the ground and for once it looked rather un-acro’ish and it had me fooled to think it was in deed a Booted Warbler.

When I got home and had a better look at the photos I started to have my doubts. It did look quite like a Marsh Warbler after all. Chris Batty mailed me about the bird and I sent him some pictures and I also posted the high-res pictures on the internet. The primary projection looks too long for a Booted, but seems to fit Marsh Warbler. If accepted as such it is the 13th Faroese record of Marsh Warbler.

Marsh Warbler (?)

I really appreciate people calling the Booted option to my mind. I could easily have let the bird go without further scrutiny, which would be sad. Better safe than sorry as the say. And: Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

On the 31th May I found a female flava type Yellow Wagtail at Viðareiði. It’s only the 3rd record of a flava since 1950.

Yellow Wagtail


Yellow Wagtail

Yesterday a White-tailed Eagle was seen between Fugloy and Svínoy. It has been around the islands for more than a month, but still has not crossed my path.

Spring is about to end. And it has been a rather slow one. I’ve found two American Black Ducks, Ring-necked Duck, flava Yellow Wagtail, two Linnets, Smew and European Bee-eater, and another Ring-necked Duck, Pectoral Sandpiper and a Cattle Egret have been seen.

That is all quite ok. But migrants like Redstart and Whinchat have been totally absent. Only rather few Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps have been around and only two Lesser Whitethroats and a single Spotted Flycatcher. So numbers of birds have been very low. And now it’s almost too late for any great arrivals.

Spotted Flycatcher


Wood Pigeon

During the week I’ve managed to get some pictures of more regular birds like Sanderlings and Red Knots in breeding plumage – and a pair of Red-necked Phalaropes at Eiði.


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