Sunday, November 1, 2009

A first for the Azores, a Buff-bellied Pipit and two Wilson's Snipes!

OK, it's late and I'm very tired now, so I'll have to keep this short. Started in the Caldeira today with Bosse and the Swiss couple. Beautiful weather thanks to a high pressure over the Azores!

Classic picture of Caldeirão, the crater

Found a Buff-bellied Pipit down there, no 3 for Corvo this autumn. Beautiful creatures they are!

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens rubescens)

The number of Snipes had increased and we had almost 40 of them down there, including two Wilson's Snipes! This is a very poor picture of one of them.

Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata). Note the lack of white trailing edge on the back of the wing.

After spending more than six hours in the crater me and Bosse went back towards the village and I decided to have a walk around the reservoir mountain for a few hours before heading back. One of the Dotterels was still in.

Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus)

Up there I also found a Ring Ouzel, an adult bird judging from the clear white on the breast. What I didn't know when I found it was that it was a first for the Azores!

Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)

Let's hope the weather is good tomorrow as well!
Grey Heron 2, Great Black-backed Gull 3, Lesser Black-backed Gull 3, Mallard 15, Pintail 1, Garganey 1, Common Teal 1, Common/Green-winged Teal 1, Tufted Duck 1, Ring-necked Duck 2, Common Snipe 35, Wilson's Snipe 2, Dotterel 1, Ring Ouzel 1, Buff-bellied Pipit 1, Snow Bunting 1

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