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Transparent utfyllnad Trip reports from the Azores


Ring-necked Ducks Aythya collaris at Lagoa Azul, São Miguel 2006-02-14 (Photo: Staffan Rodebrand).


2011
10-21 October 2011, (In French) by Hugues Dufourny
Highlights: Mostly focused on Corvo this report includes a large number of Nearctic species like Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, Blue-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, and Yellow Warbler. There is also a detailed description of the first record of Blue Grosbeak for the Azores. A total number of 77 bird species were recorded.
6-9 March 2011, (In French) by Hugues Dufourny
Highlights:This short late winter trip to Terceira was focused on the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, but also includes species like Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Greater Yellowlegs, Bonaparte´s Gull, White-winged Tern, and Black Redstart. A total number of 64 bird species were recorded.
2010
10-20 October 2010, (In French) by Hugues Dufourny
Highlights: Mostly focused on Corvo this report includes a large number of Nearctic species like Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Flicker, Cedar Waxwing, Grey-cheeked Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager, Lincoln´s Sparrow, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Oriole. A total number of 82 bird species were recorded.
Reports from 5 visits in 2008-2010, by Richard Bonser
Highlights: A number of endemics as well as migrant species including many Nearctic rarities, from different visits in November 2008, August 2009, September 2009, October 2009, and April 2010. A total number of 103 bird species are listed.
2009
13-23 October 2009, (In French) by Hugues Dufourny
Highlights: Mostly focused on Corvo this report includes a large number of Nearctic species like Yellow-billed Cuckoo, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Oriole. A total number of 71 bird species were recorded.
2008
12 October - 2 November 2008, by Ingvar Torsson
Highlights: Included a large number of Nearctic species like Hudsonian Whimbrel, Common Nighthawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat. A total number of 65 bird species were recorded.
9-23 October 2008, by Richard Ek and Olof Jönsson
Highlights: Included a large number of Nearctic species like Common Nighthawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Bobolink. A total number of 80 bird species were recorded.
31 July -7 August 2008, by Ingvar Torsson
Highlights: Included rarities like American Great Egret, Sooty tern and Barn Swallow. A total number of 32 bird species were recorded..
14 February - 2 March 2008, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: Included Nearctic species like Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Bonaparte´s Gull, and the first American Great Egret for Santa Maria. Rare Eastern encounters included Great Cormorant, Mediterranean Gull, and White Wagtail. A total number of 60 bird species were recorded.
2007
25 October - 8 November 2007, by Ingvar Torsson and Svante Åberg
Highlights: A wind shift from west to east during the period produced both western as well as eastern migrants. This included from the west; Great Blue Heron, Rough-legged Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Indigo Bunting. And from the east; Common Kestrel and Pacific Golden Plover. Rare birds with more uncertain origin were Common Goldeneye, Short-eared Owl, and Common Redpoll. A total number of 75 species were recorded.
13-20 October 2007, by Cristian Jensen Marcet
Highlights: This week was good for western migrants. Among them no less than 10 species of American waders, plus rare birds like Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belted Kingfisher, Blackpoll Warbler, and Bobolink. A total of 69 species were recorded.
24 January –5 February 2007, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: A rather normal amount of rarities for this time of the year was seen. Mostly wintering Nearctic birds that have arrived earlier this winter season : Snow Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, 2 American Coots, Hudsonian Whimbrel, Bonaparte´s Gull, and 4 American Herring Gull. There were also some rare eastern migrants like Barnacle Goose and Whinchat. A total of 63 species were recorded.
2006
14 - 23 April 2006, by Stuart E. Newson
Highlights in this spring visit were presumed wintering American birds like Great White Egret, Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, and Laughing Gull. A total of 40 species were recorded.
13 January –14 February 2006, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: A number of rare American species were seen, most of them long staying birds from previous autumn: 4 Pied-billed Grebes, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Belted Kingfisher, and Buff-bellied Pipit. There were also a number of eastern migrants, rarely seen on the Azores: Common Scoter, Black-necked Grebe, Western Marsh Harrier, Water Rail, European Golden Plover, Temminck´s Stint, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and Red-throated Pipit. A total of 92 species were recorded.
2005
18-30 December 2005, by Pierre-André Crochet
Highlights in this late autumn trip included many wintering or longstaying Nearctic vagrants like: Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Belted Kingfisher, and Ovenbird. A total of at least 18 true American species were seen. Rare eastern birds included Osprey, Common Kestrel, at least 2 Mediterranean Gulls, and a flock of Fieldfare. A total of 83 bird species were recorded.
18 November–5 December 2005, by Stefan Pfützke & Joachim Seitz
Highlights: During the period Stefan and Joachim visited five of the in total nine islands of Azores. They recorded a great numbers of rarer species such as Pied-billed Grebe, Night and Great Blue Heron, seven species of american ducks, Marsh Harrier, five species of American waders, Ring-billed, Laughing and Franklin's Gull, Forster's Tern, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Common Yellowthroat. A total of 80 bird species were recorded.
14–28 November 2005, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights in this autumn dominated by many depressions originated in the west were of course Nearctic species like: American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, White-eyed Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Rare eastern birds included Pied Wagtail and Fieldfare. A total of 81 bird species were recorded.
7–14 November 2005, by Rami Lindroos
Highlights were the many Nearctic species like: Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Upland Sandpiper, at least 13 Laughing Gulls, the third Franklin`s Gull for the Azores, and Indigo Bunting. A very rare eastern bird was a Common Crossbill on São Miguel.
A total of 65species were recorded.
7–13 November 2005, by Ingvar Torsson & Svante Åberg
Highlights: Two Pied-billed Grebes, two (American) Great Egrets, one Water Rail (rare on the Azores!), and up to 9 Laughing Gulls.
A total of 48 species were recorded.
25 October–4 November 2005 (In French), by Frédéric Jiguet & Maxime Zucca
Highlights: Western migrants were of course in focus this autumn with its record number of hurricanes. Wind-drifted migrants included a WP new; two different juvenile American Barn Swallows, and not to mention all: Surf Scoter, American Bittern, Wilson´s Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Franklin´s Gull, Chimney Swift, Buff-bellied Pipit, Tree Swallow, and Indigo Bunting. A total of 84 bird species were recorded and the report contains a total of 49 photographs, of which 33 on birds!
19–26 September 2005, by Rami Lindroos
Highlights in this early autumn trip were as expected dominated by a number of Nearctic waders like: Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, the fourth Solitary Sandpiper for the Azores, and 4 (!) different Short-billed Dowitchers. A total of 58 bird species were recorded.
3–15 August 2005, by Pierre André Crochet
Highlights: Breeding Sooty Terns at Santa Maria, a Bridled Tern at Graciosa, and near views of both forms (summer and winter breeding) of Madeiran Storm-Petrel. Furthermore some early Nearctic waders including Least Sandpiper. A total of about 47 species were recorded.
2004
25 October–8 November 2004, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: Pied-billed Grebe, Snowy Egret, American Coot, American Herring Gull, and Forster's Tern were all excitements from the west, while eastern rarities included a Mediterranean Gull, a group of Whiskered Terns, and a Willow Warbler. A total of 68 bird species were recorded.
30 August–13 September 2004, (In Swedish) by Ingvar Torsson et. al.
Highlights: One Glossy Ibis, one Osprey, one Little Tern and one juvenile Purple Martin (the second in the Western Palearctic, the first was the day before in Great Britain!). A total of 60 species were recorded.
2003
8-22 December 2003 (In Swedish), by Ingvar Torsson
Highlights: Five different Great Northern Divers, one Balearic Shearwater, one Great Cormorant, one Gadwall, one Kestrel, three different American Coots, one Short-billed Dowitcher, several Chiffchaffs, and one female Brambling (not recorded on Azores before). A total of 71 species were recorded.
8-15 December 2003 (In Swedish), by Martin Oomen
Highlights: Four different Great Northern Divers, one ringed Great Cormorant, two Gadwalls, three different American Coots, a Short-billed Dowither, and a Mediterranean Gull were all birds with less than a hundred previous sightings in the archipelago. A total of 59 bird species were recorded.
2-17 October 2003 , by Steve Lister and Megan Hall
Highlights: A number of Nearctic waders were recorded including one Dowitcher sp. in Cabo da Praia, Terceira. Eastern rarities included Eurasian Spoonbill, Garganey, and Wood Sandpiper. A total of 53 bird species were recorded.
15-22 September 2003 (In Swedish), by Bosse Carlsson
Highlights: 9 species of Nearctic waders in Cabo da Praia, Terceira including one Greater Yellowlegs and one Dowitcher sp. Also one Anthus sp. was observed.
2002
14-28 October 2002, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: A high number of Double-crested Cormorants were seen, at least 7 in Faial/Pico, and 4 on Flores. On Flores also a Northern Harrier (or Marsh Hawk) of the Nearctic hudsonius subspecies, a Little/Least Tern Sterna albifrons/antillarum, and a Grey-cheeked Thrush. A total of 64 bird species were recorded.
2001
3-10 December 2001, by Bosse Carlsson
Highlights: One American Coot, one Black Redstart, one Common Redstart, one Yellow-browed Warbler, more than 20 Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler and the most surprising one Yellow Warbler.
11-19 September 2001, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: Over 100 per hour Great Shearwaters were flying by at Flores, where also Sabine´s Gull, American Herring Gull, and Willow Warbler were seen. Waders included two Buff-breasted Sandpipers, and one Wilson's Snipe. A total of 48 bird species were recorded.
3-16 September 2001, by William Velmala et. al.
Highlights: At least 1200 Great Shearwaters were recorded, and Bulwer's Petrel and Sooty Shearwater. Waders included Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated, Least, Baird's, Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope. A total of 63 bird species were recorded.
6-20 February 2001, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: Sea watching produced good figures for Northern Gannet, Great Skua, and Black-legged Kittiwake. Other good gulls were about 11 Ring-billed and 3 Glaucous Gulls. Rarities included 3 Double-crested Cormorants, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, and Hooded Merganser. A total of 49 bird species were recorded.
2000
7-14 November 2000, by Staffan Rodebrand
Highlights: Double-crested Cormorants on Terceira and São Miguel, a Snowy Egret, a Canada Goose off Terceira, a South polar Skua and up to 1.000 Cory's Shearwaters per hour when sea watching at Mosteiros. A total of 53 bird species were recorded.
30 March - 6 April 2000, by Gert Ottens
Highlights in this spring visit were presumed wintering birds like Ring-necked Duck, Great Northern Diver, Common Kestrel, American Golden Plover, Baird´s , Purple, and Spotted Sandpipers. A total of 45 species were recorded

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