Monday 11 October 2021

A Fall and Cape May Warbler

A period of westerlies delivered the goods over the last week with the  8th and 9th October being red letter days (see daily log below). A small fall of American migrants on the 8th included American Redstart, 2 Cliff Swallows, a Bobolink, a Buff-bellied Pipit and several waterbirds but it was the following day that the serious quality arrived in the shape of a Cape May Warbler, found by Marten Muller, only the 3rd record for the Azores and the 7th for the Western Palearctic. There was also 2 Northern Parula and a Philadelphia Vireo found on the 8th.

A period of low/mid- latitude westerlies are predicted over the next few days, so another eagerly anticipated week lies ahead. 

Cape May Warbler (Marten Muller)
American Redstart (Marten Muller)

Daily Log:

10th October: Upland Sandpiper, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 adult Kittiwake, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper

9th October: 1 Cape May Warbler found by Marten Muller in the village, 1 Philadelphia Vireo in Upper Poco d'Agua, 2 Northern Parula one in Lighthouse Valley and one in Lapa, 2 Cliff Swallow, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Upland Sandpiper

8th October: 1 American Redstart near Power Station, 2 Cliff Swallow, 1 Bobolink on Lighthouse Road, 1 Buff-bellied Pipit at reservoir, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 5 Blue-winged Teal, 4 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard, 1 Northern Harrier,  

7th October:  1 Northern Harrier, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Deserta's/Fea's Petrel off windmills, 1 Surf Scoter, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Corncrake, 1 White Wagtail 

6th October: 2 Red-eyed Vireo , 1 Upland Sandpiper, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Corncrake

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