I’m sitting waiting for the helicopter to take me back to the mainland and day 7, my final day, of Værøy 2019 has come to an end. As usual I travel home before most of the others and I expect them to grip me off in the coming days but I am very happy with my trip.
Today started with me finding another Olive-backed Pipit and this time without a ring. It showed initially very well but by the time the others came had become very skulky and would only fly up from high vegetation when you were just a couple of metres from it. It would then land 15 metres away and only occasionally call quietly.
Another OBP was ringed today but only 1 Yellow-browed Warbler was seen which is an absurd ratio. Værøy has previously been the clear best site for Y-b Warbler in Europe and can now probably also claim the crown for best OBP site (7 ringed and at least 2 additional field obs this year)
A pod of at least 4 Killer Whales far out on a dead calm sea was fantastic to watch and whilst following them I found a Gyr Falcon perched on an offshore island. This species has never played ball with me and my views today are probably the best I’ve ever had despite being very distant.
We spotted the Killers because I had spotted a Goosander from the car and screeched to a halt because amazingly enough this was an Værøy tick for most people 😊
I’ll post some (probably lots...) of pictures tomorrow once I’ve had time to sit down and go through them.