Sunday 29 September 2019

Welcome to Corvo 2019

Corvo 2019 got off to a dramatic start with top Corvo rarity finders, Peter Stronach and Bob Swann arriving on the island for a tactical late September trip.  They arrived on Monday 23rd and by the end of the week had found two firsts for the Azores, both American wood warblers; Chestnut-sided and Cape May Warbler. 24 species of American Wood Warbler have now been recorded on Corvo. The only other wood warbler species on the Western Palearctic list (not been recorded on Corvo ) are Cerulean and Palm (via Netfugl

Chestnut-sided Warbler. The second record for Azores and the fifth for the Western Palearctic. (Photo: Peter Stronach) 
First-winter male Cape May Warbler. The first record for the Azores and the third for the Western Palearctic.  (Photo: Peter Stronach) 
The week ahead. Hurricane Lorenzo is set to arrive on the Azores this week before heading towards UK. The weather system is arriving from the south (not necessarily the best direction for american vagrants) but as it moves north it will drag a westerly airflow across the Atlantic to the Azores. 

Daily Logs: 
23rd September
3 Red-eyed Vireo (2 Lighthouse Valley, 1 De Ponte), 1 Sand/Bank Martin, 2 Barn Swallow ssp
24th September
1 Black-and-white Warbler , 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Barn Swallow ssp (Upper Lighthouse Valley), 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 Canada Warbler, 2-3 Red-eyed Vireo (Fojo)
25th September
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 Canada Warbler (Fojo), 2 Red-eyed Vireo (Lapa)
26th September
1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 3 Glossy Ibis, 1 Wheatear, 22 Mallard/Black Duck hybrid (Caldera), 2 Red-eyed Vireo (Do Vinte and Fojo)
27th September
1 Cape May Warbler (Upper Poco do Agua), 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler (Fojo)
28th September
1 Black-and-white Warbler, 3 Red-eyed Vireo (Pico)

For news from all the Azores islands: Aves dos Acores