Sunday, 14 October 2018

Corvo 2018- Day 1, Terceira

Western Kingbird (a first for the WP), Wilson's Warbler and White-throated Sparrow are potential WP ticks awaiting for me on Corvo and Flores. However it takes me three days to get there and today I was on Terceira Island.  Corvo blog HERE

First stop on Terceira was Cabo da Praia: Ebird List Here. Then I went to Lagoa do Junco, additional birds included 14 Glossy Ibis and 10 Common Buzzard. Finished the day at Paul da Praia where the main additional bird was a pale-bellied Brent. 

Great to see Sofia and meet Su and Luis and looking forward to meeting up with all the Corvo gang tomorrow.  

Here's a few pics and sounds from today. 

Ring-necked Ducks (above and below), Cabo da Praia 

Glossy Ibis (above and below) at Lagoa do Junco with Lesser Black-backs and Azores Gulls below 

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper, Cabo da Praia and adult (below) 
Adult White-rumped Sandpiper 

Call of White-rumped Sandpiper, recorded today at Cabo da Praia 

Pectoral Sandpiper at Cabo da Praia 

Pectoral Sandpiper call and sonogram
Pale-bellied Brent on Paul da Praia 
Dunlins at Cabo da Praia are always intriguing due to possibility of getting a Hudsonian Dunlin. Here's a couple of juveniles from today. Streaking on the flanks is supposed to be a feature for Hudsonian Dunlin, these two birds looking rather plain flanked. However, the bird above does have quite a Hudsonian structure (Curlew Sand like) 

Adult Little Stints, above and below (?) These birds have been reported as both adult Little Stints and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Notoriously difficult to identify in winter plumage so I  sound recorded them- at least one called just like a Little Stint (see recording and sonogram below) . 
Adult Little Stints

Little Stint and Sanderling calls
Juvenile Garganey 
Knots at Cabo da Praia 
Bar-tailed Godwit at Cabo da Praia 

Just to wrap up the calls here is another White-rumped Sandpiper calling with Kentish Plover. The recordings in this blog post features various 'pip' calls of generally similar wader calls- Sanderling, Kentish Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper and Little Stint, all of which give a single note flight call (within their flight call range). However each is subtly different as the sonograms show. 
 Female-type Red-veined Darter 
Long-tailed Blue
and the Ring-necked Ducks again 

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