My dodgy leg is being pushed to the limit. Due to permanent injuries that I have sustained on Corvo in the past I now have to choose very carefully what birds I chase after incase I end up crippled in the guesthouse like in 2012-2014. So now I generally hunt for rarities at a slow pace and only chase something I need. Problem is today there were four birds on the island I needed (two were found yesterday and another refound from a few days back) and one of them a first for the WP found this afternoon- a Blue Grosbeak. I had to pass on the Grosbeak and just pray it is still there tomorrow but I did manage to successfully hobble around Le Ponte and then did Lapa and back to the Guesthouse- one of the best days twitching I've ever had on Corvo.
Started off with a Yellow-billed Cuckoo more or less from the Taxi and then went into De Ponte where we bumped into the Wood Thrush on the way down to a dream came true- Yellow-throated Vireo. While watching the Yellow-throated Vireo the Bay-breasted Warbler (not a straight forward bird so I hope the id sticks- I'm certainly leaning towards a BBW id) was called so I ran over for that. The Bay-breasted was feeding with a Philadelphia Vireo.
Yellow-throated Vireo- a WP lifer and top of the Corvo wish list
Bay-breasted Warbler- looked a bit Buff-bellied Pipit toned overall. There were blotchy streaks on the breast sides and the undertail coverts looked whitish in some angles and also the mantle looked streaked in certain lights. Not sure if that is all acceptable variation between Blackpoll and Bay-breasted. I hope the id sticks - if so a WP lifer.
I then decided to go for the White-throated Sparrow in Lapa . As I was walking towards Lapa the Blue Grosbeak broke but I had to resist the urge to run for it and cripple myself . I quickly looked for the Sparrow and luckily found it easily. Then I was planning on phoning for a cab to take me to the Grosbeak and at that moment my bloody phone died. I had to make the sensible decision to preserve my dodgy leg and walk slowly back to the village- on the way back I stumbled across a Northern Parula and an Indigo Bunting.
The plan now is to rest tonight and to head straight to the Grosbeak spot first thing tomorrow and sit it out there hoping the bird is still there.
White-throated Sparrow (above and below) - my third WP lifer of the day.
Wood Thrush (above and below)
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