As it’s late and I need to hit the sack to be ready for whatever tomorrow has in store for me then I’ll try to keep things short. A minimum of 8 Yellow-browed Warblers would at most localities have made the day but this being Værøy, the Yellow-browed capital of Europe, then this was a poor count. The Wood Warbler was still present, at least two smart Redpolls of the Arctic colour morph/form/species/subspecies/whatever you choose to call it and 6 species of raptor (including Rough-legged Buzzard and Golden Eagle) were quality. Goldcrests were very common, indeed commoner than I can remember on any previous visit and 12 Coal Tits including a fast moving flock of 9 were new in and very scare here (these are part of an invasion which saw 50,000 counted recently in the space of only 5 hours in Estonia).
The two birds that made the afternoon were first a Hawk Owl in the plantation which we hadn’t seen in the morning and then a Great Grey Shrike which again we hadn’t noted previously. We heard the shrike calling and then hovering at some height seemingly looking for food. This bird had a lot of white in the wing, tail and a very noticeably white rump which are features that suggest an easterly origin (ssp. homeyeri).
It would also appear that we had 2
3 new species for Værøy: Coal Tit, Great Grey Shrike and Rough-legged Buzzard. Today was therefore something quite special even if nothing was rare on a national level.
It is supposed to cloud over tonight so we have high expectations for tomorrow and have to at least match the Red-flanked Bluetail found today on the neighbouring island of Røst.
|Arctic Redpoll (polarsisik) left, Common Redpoll (right) and a juvenile of one of the forms at the bottom|
|Two adult like Arctic Redpolls and a juvenile Redpoll sp|
|2 fast moving Coal Tits (svartmeis) part of a flock of nine and seemingly Værøy's first record|
|a slow moving Coal Tit|
|Great Grey Shrike with feature suggesting ssp homeyeri. This is also Værøy's first record of GG Shrike|
|the electronic circuitry of the impressive piece of technology can be easily seen|
|Rough-legged Buzzard (fjellvåk) apparently Værøy's second |
|Yellow-browed Warbler (gullbrynsanger)|