Friday, 11 May 2012

Corvo late autumn 2012?

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: -
White-tailed Tropicbird, Vila Nova do Corvo, Corvo, 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).
Summer Tanager, Fojo, Corvo, October 2011

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lower Fields, Corvo, October 2009

Indigo Bunting, the airfield, Corvo, October 2010
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.
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

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