Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Big news in Denmark

A Red-eyed Vireo - the first for Scandinavia is right here in Denmark.

That's an impressive 4200km flight from the closest point in North America - St. John's, that is, which happens to be where I am from!

BUT, it's probably even more impressive than a mere 4200 km because Red-eyed Vireos are relatively uncommon at this time of year in Newfoundland... so maybe it came from somewhere else in NA...
Maybe it has been island hoping for some time and has only been discovered now... I find what is almost as exciting as seeing or hearing about a mega vagrant is imagining where it came from, what route it took...etc!
It would be sweet to have a geolocator on one of these vagrants and find out the answers to all those questions.

Anyway, here's some photos on this blog.

For some reason it's tempting to chase it just because everyone else is excited... but there's more reasons to go too!

Gyrfalcon (and Little Bunting, Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler...)!
Well, mostly because of the Gyr...

I won't be able to go this weekend so I'll have to cross my fingers that some of these birds stay for another week plus some. There won't be any harm in going if they're not around, it looks like a cool place to be. Although it's a 7 - 9 hour trip to get there by train, bus and then walking the last stretch!

Next month I have pretty much reserved every weekend for traveling around Denmark and getting to know this country - so I will have time to explore those far off places with strange vagrants  :)

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