by Ben Sheldon
Ben Sheldon got in touch furnishing more details following ‘rumours on Yellow-broweds’. This next month could be fascinating, featuring one of my all-time favourite birds!
Don’t know if you’re aware, but something extraordinary is happening with Yellow-browed Warbler this autumn in Scandinavia.
Finland has had a lot – I think 350 already, probably already their best ever year, but the really amazing stuff has been the build up over the last three days in NW Norway. Husøy has built up to 50 today, Røst up to 80 and Værøy up to 160 today. They are not huge places – the first two only 1-2 km sq, the last a bit bigger (Røst and Værøy are pretty close to each other). Previous day record in Norway was 35 – further south on Utsira back in 2005.
Nearly 300 on 3 islands on one day…. seems like this species has really stepped up a gear to being a common autumn migrant to Europe. Not sure how long this flood will take to hit Shetland!
Prof. Ben Sheldon
Luc Hoffmann Professor of Field Ornithology
Edward Grey Institute
Dept of Zoology
University of Oxford
Roger Riddington and Brydon Thomason, ‘live’ from Shetland have added: