Sunday, October 4, 2009

A 1st for Corvo and more Yanks!

Birded around the village all day today. Got a "bad" start by finding a first for Corvo - a House Martin. We do NOT want European birds, we want Yanks! After kicking the upper fields and scanning all the fig trees, stone walls etc. we went for a walk around the airfield. Things soon felt better as Simon picked up a juvenile Pec and a juvenile White-rumped Sand together, nice ones! Both birds looked like shit in the beginning to be honest, as you might expect after almost crossing the Atlantic... They both gave very nice views as they started to feed just inside the fence next to the airstrip. These two and the waders in the crater yesterday signal that new American birds are in fact coming in, let's hope that goes for warblers as well!

Yank wader video by Simon. Filmed by hand without scope!

Pec with W-r in the background.

White-rump and Pec.

When we got to the lower fields i bumped in to a Northern Wheatear that looked almost as a flying peach. I have never seen anything like it. Here, have a look at that rufous underpart colour. Beautiful, isn't it!?

I've never seen a Northern Wheatear with this rufous underparts. Has to be a leucorhoa, right?

Winds are really strong outside now from somewhere around west, so I really look forward to do another hit in the valleys tomorrow!

Pectoral Sandpiper 1 1cy, White-rumped Sandpiper 1 1cy, Whimbrel 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 1 adult female, Barn Swallow 3 adults, House Martin 1, Northern (Greenland?) Wheatear 1

1 comment:

  1. Aaaah! Vilken utdelning! Respekt!!! /Steve