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  BIRDING AZORES

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Transparent utfyllnad Rare bird in the Azores. Year reviews 2005-2011.

2005 review:
Total number of reported species was 183.
   There were 22 new species recorded for the Azores (plus one new subspecies): Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis, American Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus, Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii, Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia, American Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura, Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor, American Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica erythrogaster, Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens, White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus, Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus, Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus, Arctic Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni, Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra, Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina, Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens, Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla, Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas, Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina, Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea, White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys, Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea, Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula, and (escaped) Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for the total number of Nearctic vagrants, and specifically for Laughing Gull Larus atricilla and Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica.

2006 review:
Total number of reported species was 190.
   There were 10 new species recorded for the Azores: Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris, Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus, Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto, Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica, European Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio, European Serin Serinus serinus, Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata, Summer Tanager Piranga rubra, and (escaped) Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias, American Coot Fulica americana, and Fieldfare Turdus pilaris.

2007 review:
Total number of reported species was 206.
   There were 10 new species recorded for the Azores: Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata, White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus, Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva, Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus, Pallid Swift Apus pallidus, Little Swift Apus affinis, Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus, Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina, and Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula, Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus, Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus, and Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra. High number of several pelagic species like Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa and Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius was also reported due to special bird counts at sea.

2008 review:
Total number of reported species was 202.
   There were 15 new species recorded for the Azores: Goosander Mergus merganser, Masked Booby Sula dactylatra, Red Kite Milvus milvus, Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo, Brown Noddy Anous stolidus, Alpine Swift Apus melba, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius, Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris, Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus, Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus, Dusky Thrush Turdus naumanni, Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola, Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons, Northern Parula Parula americana, and (escaped) Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for American Wigeon Anas americana, Garganey Anas querquedula, and Eurasian Collared Dove Streptophelia decaocto. The latter may soon be the next breeding landbird on the islands.

2009 review:
Total number of reported species was 224.
   There were 14 new species recorded for the Azores: Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis, Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax violacea, White Stork Ciconia ciconia, Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis, Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla, Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina, Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus, Garden Warbler Sylvia borin, Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia, Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica, Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis, Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis , and Dickcissel Spiza americana.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for Blue-winged Teal Anas discors, large white gulls (Iceland and Glaucous Gulls Larus glaucoides/hyperboreus), and for Nearctic land birds. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptophelia decaocto was as suspected found to be a new breeding landbird on the islands.

2010 review:
Total number of reported species was 220.
   There were 9 new species recorded for the Azores: Black-throated Loon Gavia arctica, Black Kite Milvus migrans, Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus, Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum, Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis, Common Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia, Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata, and Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps, Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla, Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis, Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens, White Wagtail Motacilla alba, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, and Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus.

2011 review:
Total number of reported species was 230.
   There were 8 new species recorded for the Azores: Amur Falcon Falco amurensis, Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis, Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis, Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator, Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus, and Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea.
   Exceptional occurrence was reported for several pelagic birds, Northern Pintail Anas acuta, Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata, Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos, Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia, Mew Gull Larus canus, Redwing Turdus iliacus, and Northern Parula Parula americana.

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