Sunday 31 October 2010
Back to the patch. I met up with the Sutton Ramblers this morning and walked them through a load of mud without seeing too much of note. Then did a stake out over the lake with 'the boys'. Good numbers of Teal (200+), Shoveler (40+), a Dunlin flew over, 3 Redwing over, a group of 30+ Greenfinch and about 12 Snipe.
November is a potentially good month for me at Beddington as three of my bogey birds are November specialities : Hen Harrier, White-fronted Goose and Snow Bunting. I am hoping this November will be the one- so will be doubling efforts this time round.
Saturday 30 October 2010
Good to see the ideas of 'madmen and mavericks' from 20 years ago being implemented into global policies today.
Thursday 28 October 2010
What do you call a collection of articles?- I think I may have invented a word. Nevertheless here is mine (and my writing partners) 'articleography' to date:
PS I just googled it- I did invent a word!! Yesssssssss!
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Sunday 24 October 2010
Saturday 23 October 2010
A quick stop of at Ponta Delgada before returning to Gatwick and the trip ends how it started- with the American Black Tern.
For the rest of the autumn from the Azores:
Next on Non-Stop Birding- follow barrel scraping local patching in Croydon and the near-hopeless and pain staking progress of a blindly optimistic project to create an environmental dreamscape in 'Cackbridge' and Beddington Bog Dump.
Friday 22 October 2010
Pics (top to bottom) Lincoln's Sparrow, Northern Flicker, American Black Tern, Double-crested Cormorant, Simon and David, Bosse Carlsson (Birding Azores pioneer), Vincent and David and Corvo Birders.
Thursday 21 October 2010
Things are taking their toll. My knees are swollen and I can hardly walk anymore. Vincent fell asleep for the afternoon on the sofa and several birders have left for the tranquility of Flores (or rather a hire car instead of relentlessly walking the steep volcanic slopes of Corvo).
Despite being semi-crippled I still got an Azores tick- a Common Kestrel mobbing the Rough-legged Hawk from the Guesthouse balcony. The rest of the day was spent pointing the camera at common birds (Blackcap above)
Laurens Steijn brought a Birding Breaks tour here today and they jammed into the Northern Flicker within a couple of hours!!
Non-Stop Birding is currently No. 6 in the world's birding blog chart :-))
Wednesday 20 October 2010
More of Vincent's Corvo rarity photos: http://www.vincentlegrand.com/
I finally saw the flicker today in Fojo (image 2 is how I saw it) after five days of searching. In the afternoon we arranged a hunt for a Snipe that has been flushed several times and suspected of being a Wilson's Snipe. We managed to find it and got some photos that confirmed the identification.
Wilson's Snipe hunt.
More videos of Corvo Birding here:
Tuesday 19 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
7 Skylarks, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail and the odd Willow Warbler on Corvo today is all good for the Azores Club 100 list http://www.birdingazores.com/?page=xlist&s=0 . I got two ticks, Skylark and Lapwing.
We don't talk about the Northern Flicker now :-) as it was not seen or heard by anyone today and four people, including myself, did not see it.
Sunday 17 October 2010
Saturday 16 October 2010
Friday 15 October 2010
Northern Flicker (Pierre-Andre Crochet)
Well that solves that one- it was a male Northern Flicker and only four people out of 21 of us have seen it, despite intensive searching. The bird is very mobile and was flushed twice 2km apart. This is the bird that was presumably heard three days ago and yesterday. The bird was also heard calling this afternoon from thick cover in Fogo.
Also today, sightings include Grey-cheeked Thrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Indigo Bunting, 2 Red-eyed Vireo and American Golden Plover.
The Azores high pressure cell is blocking depressions from reaching these islands and deflecting them to the north. The easterly airflow on the southern flank of this cell is bringing in European migrants with 3 House Martin, 2-3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler on Corvo and a Spotted Flycatcher (a first for the Azores) on the neighbouring island of Flores.
However American birds are still being found/pinned down on Corvo- more later.
Thursday 14 October 2010
Cedar Waxwing (Bosse Carlsson)
Believe it or not, todays identification challenge involved a bird that was either a Northern Flicker or a Willet! It was a 'heard only' that was either coming from a valley or over it- heard by a few of the team.
I had an Azores tick- House Martin.
Other birds on Corvo today include the Cedar Waxwing (seen better today), a Summer Tanager, the Rough-legged 'Hawk' is still around, an American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Northern Waterthrush. No sign of the Lincoln's Sparrow.
Wednesday 13 October 2010
Cedar Waxwing (Pierre-Andre Crochet)
Pierre, as usual, was still birding hard while the rest of us had made our way back to the guesthouse. He was at the top of village hill and called us to say he had re-discovered the waxwing sp. that he had found two days ago. It was a Cedar Waxwing. There was little hope of us making it to him as it was getting dark so we started scanning the top of the hill from the guesthouse- a distance of about half a kilometer. At sixty times we could see a small grey shape being mobbed by a Grey Wagtail and Pierre (10 meters from the bird) confirmed that this was the bird. It then flew up and for those who didn't get to see the grey speck in the scope at 60x then had a chance of getting on to it as it flew up high and over the hill. Those of us who decided we had seen a bird and not a speck of dust on the objective lens, started cheering! Let's hope we see it again.
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Monday 11 October 2010
Made it onto Corvo- with a bumpy landing into the tail end of Otto. Had a few hours looking around the village and saw the Double-crested Cormorant (pic 1), the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and we had an American Golden Plover (pic 2) fly in off the sea.
Spent the last part of the day looking for a Waxwing sp. that Pierre found by the power station. There is Northern Waterthrush still here which I will look for tomorrow as I need it for my Azores list.