d) Late Autumn Trip:
Endemics and American Vagrants
Day One: Sao Miguel for Azores Bullfinch and Furnas
Day Two: Terceira – Cabo da Praia
This part of the tour will follow the early autumn trip
Day Three: Flores
The potential on Flores to discover vagrants is largely untapped. The island is relatively large so most autumn birders head to the smaller, more easily worked neighbouring island of Corvo. However with increasing numbers of birders searching on Flores there are undoubtedly more rare birds hiding here which will be discovered. Our aim here is to look for these undiscovered vagrants.
Day Four: Day trip to Corvo
Over the last few years Corvo has established itself as the premier site in the Western Palearctic for American landbird vagrants so today we will explore the island for the vagrants that would have been discovered by the birders that gather there each year..
Day Five: Flores/Corvo
Today it’s more rarity hunting on Flores and Corvo.
Day Six: Flores/Corvo
Depending on where the birds are will depend on whether we spend time on Corvo or Flores.
Day Seven: Back to Sao Miguel
In addition to the Azorean endemics, Azores Bullfinch and Monteiro’s Petrel there are also various endemic races – some of which may warrant future splitting. We will encounter these birds throughout the islands. For more on common birds of the Azores see:
Birding Azores – Common and regular bird database