Thursday 16 October 2014

Black-and-white Warbler and little more...

Birding over the last days has been severely impeded by the very harsh weather conditions prevailing on the island. As a result, only a few discoveries have been made, including a 1cy male Black-and-white Warbler found by Hannu in the lower part of Ribeira Da Ponte yesterday afternoon. The bird was still present today, eventually performing decently for the few photographers present on the spot in between strong rain showers and wind gusts.

Black-and-white Warbler, 1cy male, 16 October 2014 (Photo courtesy of David Monticelli)

Only a minority of wooded valleys have been visited over the last two days, including the famous Lighthouse area where a Common Redpoll of unknown origin (either Nearctic or Palearctic?) was discovered and photographed today by Jens.

Other records include Lesser Yellowlegs, European Golden Plover, and a small group of White-rumped Sandpipers at the reservoir. The weather forecast suggests difficult conditions with strong winds and rain at least until Friday evening, so we only expect normal birding conditions on the island to resume from this week-end onwards.

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