I'll be heading off to Corvo again this autumn and, having just got my holiday dates, it'll be a late one so I'll be on the Azores from 27th October to 3rd November. So, if there is anyone who fancies a late autumn stroll on a volcano and enjoy searching for some good vagrants, please give me a shout [an email] if you fancy just coming along.
|Corvo's caldeirao - the crater lake|
|Ribeira as Cancelas; one of many valleys on the east side of Corvo favoured by American passerines|
Exciting birding in one of the most scenic places you'll ever visit. And there's likely to be no more than a handful of birders present - and a likelihood you genuinely can find some vagrant birds. Just like this White-tailed Tropicbird that I found at Vila Nova do Corvo in October 2011: -
I've now visited Corvo for three consecutive late Octobers, and the yank roll call is topped by Northern Flicker, Summer Tanager, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat (self-found), Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Buff-bellied Pipit and two Indigo Buntings (1 self-found).
|White-tailed Tropicbird, Vila Nova do Corvo, Corvo, October 2011|
|Summer Tanager, Fojo, Corvo, October 2011|
|Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lower Fields, Corvo, October 2009|
The quarry at Cabo da Praia on Terceira is really exciting too, and you just never know what's going to be in there on each visit - and the views of the birds are good too. A fair few yanks will be seen here too. Highlights of the last three Octobers have included Great Blue Heron, a mega flock of 19 Blue-winged Teals, Least Sandpiper, American Golden Plover and multiple Long-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated Plovers, Lesser Yellowlegs, White-rumped, Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpipers.
|Indigo Bunting, the airfield, Corvo, October 2010|
|Great Blue Heron, Paul da Praia, Terceira, April 2010 (also seen in October 2010)|
|Pectoral Sandpipers, Cabo da Praia, Terceira, October 2010|
|Lesser Yellowlegs, Cabo da Praia, Terceira, October 2009|
|Long-billed Dowitcher, Cabo da Praia, Terceira, October 2009|