Sunday, 27 October 2013

Monthly report (27 sept - 27 Oct)

Not much to report over the last days. Fog was extremely thick all over the island - to an extent not experienced before by any of us - making birding rather hopeless since Friday. And as a matter of fact, no new discoveries have been made since the Black-throated Green warbler. This latter individual was nevertheless successfully twitched in the fog by 3 Norwegian birders who crossed by boat from Flores on Friday. Other notheworthy sightings for this week-end include an Indigo bunting lingering in the Middle Fields and the White-crowned sparrow above Vila Nova do Corvo still briefly seen yesterday.

On a more personal note, I've been birding on Corvo for a month but I will depart tomorrow, together with 4 other birders. Two new birders are scheduled to arrive for a few days, so next week will see the last opportunity for a few new findings on the Rock this year.

As of today, the total number of American landbirds discovered on Corvo this autumn (27 Sept - 27 Oct) include 43 individuals within 22 species. In addition, 9 non landbird species (waders and raptors) were also reported.

Detailed list is as follows:
Black duck (1)
Rough-legged hawk (1)
Tundra Peregrine falcon (1)
Semipalmated plover (1)
Lesser yellowlegs (1)
Spotted sandpiper (1)
Buff-breasted sandpiper (1)
White-rumped sandpiper (3+)
Wilson's snipe (2+)
Mourning dove (1)
Philadelphia vireo (2)
Red-eyed vireo (6+)
Cliff swallow (2)
Tree swallow (1)
Gray-cheeked thrush (1)
American robin (1)
American Buff-bellied pipit (2)
Cedar waxwing (1)
Northern parula (3)
Black-throated Blue warbler (2)
Black-throated Green warbler (1)
Yellow-throated warbler (1)
Black-and-white warbler (2)
American redstart (1)
Common yellowthroat (3)
Scarlet tanager (1)
Rose-breasted grosbeak (3)
Indigo bunting (4)
White-crowned sparrow (1)
White-throated sparrow (1)
Bobolink (3)

No doubts this is an astonishing result, which again boosts Corvo at an indisputable no. 1 position for Nearctic species - in particular landbirds - in the Western Palearctic. 

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