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  Some old dubious bird observations from the Azores.
 

Many old Azorean bird observations lack any form of confirmation. In many cases there are collected birds, shot or found dead, and in many cases the specimens are still available and can be checked. Where a collected bird not can be found anymore, the fact that the bird has been handled without hurry by somebody with experience, still make the observation trustworthy. For almost all other older field observations there are no descriptions, and the only thing to “go on” is how the observation fits into a known pattern, and what we know of the observer.
   Sorting out old observations and maybe also suggest that they are doubtful is a delicate task, but probably something that must be done if and when an “official” and/or reliable checklist of a bird fauna shall be presented. In Birding Azores database most reported observations are listed, both older ones, and those reported in later years when a rarity committee has been present. The reason for listing all observations are many, the most obvious is that we do not want to lose any information.
   When going through the checklist of Azorean birds there is however a few older records that seems more dubious.  There are one record which is accompanied with a description that tell us that the identification is wrong, and there are a few other observations that do not fit in “the pattern of occurrence” that these species show. The observations below are still in the database, but treated in a way that they not will appear in the checklist or list of rare birds.

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri Pilrito-miúdo

No 

1-6.

(Adults and immatures) at Lajes do Pico, Pico 1978-10-01. (According to Le Grand 1983 this group was at Horta, Faial). Le Grand, G. 1993. Recherches sur l´écologie des vertébrés terrestres de l´archipel des Açores. Thése de Doctorate de l´École Pratique de Hautes Études, University of Montpellier. Montpellier.

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii Pilrito de Temminck

No 

2-7.

at Mosteiros  Säo Miguel 1978-10-00. (Oct. 1978). Le Grand, G. 1993. Recherches sur l´écologie des vertébrés terrestres de l´archipel des Açores. Thése de Doctorate de l´École Pratique de Hautes Études, University of Montpellier. Montpellier.

Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus Maçarico-de-perna-longa

No 

1.

(Adult) at Ribeira Grande, Säo Miguel 1984-01-28. Le Grand, G. 1993. Recherches sur l´écologie des vertébrés terrestres de l´archipel des Açores. Thése de Doctorate de l´École Pratique de Hautes Études, University of Montpellier. Montpellier.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis Pilrito-acanelado (Pilrito-canela)

No 

1-6.

at Horta, Faial 1979-10-09. Le Grand, G. 1983. Bilan des Observations sur les Oiseaux d´origine Néarctique Effectuées aux Acores (Jusqu’en Janvier 1983). Arquipélago (Rev. Univ. Acores, Serv. Cienc. Naturais) 4:73-83.

   All these reports are field observations done by Gerald Le Grand. A description (and a sketch) is given by Le Grand for the Stilt Sandpiper, but the description shows that the bird in fact must have been a Curlew Sandpiper. For the other three species, all very rare in the Azores, the high number (6 birds together) and the localities (habitat) do not fit into the known occurrence pattern for these species.
   The six Western Sandpipers were reported from different islands, and some sort of data error can be included here. The group of six Temminck’s Stints in the cliffs at Mosteiros also seems very odd, as do the group of six Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Horta harbor.  These observations are all so special that they obviously need some sort of documentation in order to be accepted.

Staffan Rodebrand, Sweden

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