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Saturday 13 November 2021
The last of the autumn birders have now left the island since Ferran Lopez Sanz and Mireia Martos departed on 9th November (following a couple of days delay due to flight cancellations and unfavourable weather). The early November coverage was rewarded with up to 3 Great Blue Herons (hunting mice in the village fields), a Myrtle Warbler and a first-winter Killdeer at the airport.
These late autumn birds brought the total number of Nearctic vagrants for Corvo 2021 to 74 individuals of 38 species (22 landbirds and 16 waterbirds) (fig1) . This is an above average year for the island compared to the latest analysis up to 2017 (see fig 2) with some top quality too with the Western Palearctic's first Warbling Vireo, second Prothonotary Warbler (a stunning male to boot), sixth Chestnut-sided Warbler and seventh Cape May Warbler.
So on that note, another great year on Corvo has passed (it's like the Beatles, just keeps being epic) and credit to all the birders that made it another great success. To read how it all began, Birdguides recently re-released the original discovery story from 2005 HERE and for previous papers and articles on Corvo and rare bird reports from the Azores see HERE .
Looking forward to it all happening again next autumn! Please join the Corvo Birders Facebook Community for more information and instant news etc HERE,
Final week Daily Log: (by Ferran and Mireia)
9th November 2 Great Blue Heron, Semipalmated Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper
7th November Northern Parula still in Lighthouse Valley, 3 Great Blue Heron still feeding in village fields, American Coot, 4 Ring-necked Duck, White-rumped Sandpiper
6th November First-winter Killdeer at airport, 3 Great Blue Heron, 1 Great Egret
5th November Myrtle Warbler and Northern Parula in Lighthouse Valley, 2 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Peregrine, Great Blue Heron
4th November 2 Great Blue Heron
3rd November 3 Great Blue Heron in area around airport
2nd November 2 Great Blue Heron
1st November Great Blue Heron, Great Egret
Saturday 30 October 2021
29th October Nothing of note.
28th October 1 juv Dickcissel at campsite found by Tobias Epple et al, Northern Harrier, 4 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 American Coot
27th October Northern Harrier in Caldera, Osprey, 1 Garganey, 4 Ring-necked Duck, American Coot, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper,
26th October 1 Northern Parula, 1 Ring-billed Gull
25th October 1 Northern Parula, 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Black and white Warbler found in Fojo by Martin Schuk, 1 Lapland Bunting
24th October 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 2 Buff-bellied Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Peregrine ('Arctic-type'), 2 Glossy Ibis, Osprey, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 4 Ring-necked Ducks
23rd October 1 Northern Parula, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Lapland Bunting
22nd October 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 2 Buff-bellied Pipit, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, 4 Ring-necked Duck , 1 Blue-winged Teal (from seawatch)
21st October 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 first-winter female Scarlet Tanager, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Redwing, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Osprey, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Glossy Ibis, 4 Ring-necked Duck
Thursday 21 October 2021
The birding highlight of the last few days was a smart looking first-winter male Black-throated Blue Warbler found by Kris de Rouck in Fojo. The Northern Parula is also still present in the Lighthouse Valley and there are also a couple of Red-eyed Vireos and a Buff-bellied Pipit around. A juvenile Osprey (appears to be of European origin) has also arrived on the island.
Also a couple of bits of belated news, Magnus Robb recorded a noc-mig Redwing on 17th October and the probable Red-footed Booby from 14th was confirmed following photograph examination.
Also of interest Magnus's examination of the constant sound recording monitor that has been set up since late September also recorded Monteiro's Storm-Petrel in late September. On speaking to Corvo seabird expert, Tania Pipa, it has recently been confirmed that up to 10 pairs of Monteiro's Storm-Petrel breed on Corvo and are present from June to September on the island. From September onwards the winter breeding Band-rumped Storm Petrels (Grant's Storm-Petrel) are present with up to 40 pairs breeding. These birds have been heard calling at night from around the Windmills this year too.
20th October: Black-throated Blue Warbler still in Fojo, Northern Parula at Lighthouse Valley, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Buff-bellied Pipit, 1 Semipalmated Plover, Pterodroma sp in new harbour
19th October: 1 1st-winter male Black-throated Blue Warbler found by Kris De Rouck in Fojo, 1 Northern Parula at Lighthouse Valley, 1 Buff-bellied Pipit in Caldera, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Glossy Ibis, 4 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Osprey, 2 Glossy Ibis
18th October: Northern Parula at the Lighthouse Valley, 2 Semipalmated Plover, 2 Red-eyed Vireos at Fojo, Osprey over Fojo, 1 Pterodroma sp from windmills
Monday 18 October 2021
It's been a steady week with a few new birds and a growing number of long staying American vagrants mid-week. The 13th October had a pretty incredible list of birds that had accumulated on the island (see daily log below). New arrivals include a Gray-cheeked Thrush which appeared in exactly the same spot as a Swainson's Thrush a couple of days before (causing some initial confusion) and Scarlet Tanager on the 14th was also a new arrival. A probable Red-footed Booby on the 14th was also reported.
17th October: 1 Cape May Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 3 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard, 4 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Redwing (Sound recorded at night by Magnus Robb)
16th October: 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Cape May Warbler
15th October: 1 Grey-cheeked Thrush, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Northern Parula at Lighthouse, 1 Prothonotary Warbler, 3 Glossy Ibis, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Ring-necked Duck.
14th October: Probable Red-footed Booby off the Windmills , 1 Deserta's-type Petrel off Windmills, 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Prothonotary Warbler, 1 Cape May Warbler,
13th October: 1 Prothonotary Warbler, 1 Cape May Warbler, 2 Cliff Swallow, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 2 Northern Parula, Red-eyed Vireo in the village, 1 Alpine Swift, 2 Glossy Ibis, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 4 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Upland Sandpiper, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard
Saturday 16 October 2021
Tuesday 12 October 2021
They don't get much more sought after than this- a male Prothonotary Warbler found today by Pierre-Andre Crochet in a small valley south of the Lighthouse Valley. This is the second for Corvo and the WP. The first was a female bird in 2019, for comparison See Here .
The Cape May Warbler was also still present in the village today showing well. A superb duo of mega American wood warblers. The Northern Parula was also still present and there were a few Red-eyed Vireos, a Cliff Swallow and a Rough-legged Buzzard.
What with the low latitude westerlies continuing until tomorrow at least, there could be another mega lurking. For more on rarities and weather on Corvo see pages 12 and 14 in the most recent review article HERE.