Saturday 2 October 2021

All Quiet on the Western Front

After an explosive start to the season a somewhat high pitched ringing silence followed with the highlight of the week being a Northern Waterthrush found by Paul Doniol-Valcrove. 

Seven new birders arrived on the island on 1st October to join Pierre and Paul including an Italian team of four and three Azorean birders. Hurricane 'Sam' is active in the North Atlantic over the next few days and even though the system does not make landfall it is nonetheless a welcome addition to the dominant Azores high conditions over the last few days.  An eagerly anticipated week lies ahead.  

Northern Waterthrush (Paul Doniol-Valcroze) 
Tropical storm  'Sam' is set the bring westerlies on it's southern flank this week which could push birds into the Azores high

Daily log:

1st October: Nothing of note

30th September: 2 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 juv Ring-necked Duck plus the resident 19 Mallard/Black Duck hybrid flock (with one possible pure Black Duck)  in the caldera

29th September: Nothing of note

28th September: Northern Waterthrush at Lapa

27th September: Buff-breasted Sandpiper still present at the Reservoir

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