Next trip: Mon 07 October 2019

An expert guided 9 night Azores birdwatching holiday visiting 3 islands including 5 nights on Corvo.

In mid-October, one place will be making the birding headlines more than any other: the Azores.

Join Dominic Mitchell (editor of Birdwatch magazine) for another vagrant-packed tour to the Western Palearctic’s undisputed rarity hot-spot.

On this birdwatching holiday, we will look for the endemic Azores Bullfinch, several near-endemic Macaronesian specialities and a wealth of American vagrants, from shorebirds and wildfowl to wood-warblers and vireos.

São Miguel

Our group will spend two nights on São Miguel at the beginning with some birding near the capital and then a day visiting the Serra da Tronqueira in the mountainous east of the island, home to the endemic Azores Bullfinch.

This endangered species can be difficult to locate, but we have a good chance of finding it if the weather holds. Atlantic Canary and the local subspecies of Common Buzzard, Blackcap, Chaffinch and Goldcrest should all also be seen.

We’ll then visit other sites which in recent years have produced Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe and Semipalmated Plover, before ending the day checking roosting gulls and terns for vagrants.


Visiting two key wetlands on the island of Terceira, we’ll go in search of Nearctic waterbirds.

Among many vagrant species we’ve logged here previously are Blue-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted, Pectoral, Least, Semipalmated, Western and Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Belted Kingfisher.


Corvo has become a mecca for bird watchers and birdwatching holidays. Recent sighting have included White-eyed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Black-and-white Warbler and American RedstartWood Duck, American Bittern, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Grey Catbird, Magnolia and Yellow Warblers, Savannah Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink and Dickcissel.

The appearance of such major Nearctic vagrants is very weather-dependent, but every autumn brings American wanderers and our chances of finding rarities on the island are good.

Our next birdwatching holiday starts on 7th October 2019.

Evening meal arrangements : evenings are free, however your guide will make a reservation each night at a local restaurant for those wishing to come along. The evenings are relaxed and informal, with an average 3 course meal with wine costing around £15-£25pp.


Transfer from airport to hotel. Afternoon birdwatching on Sao Miguel with a local expert as well as Dominic Mitchell.
Full day birdwatching on Sao Miguel with a local expert as well as Dominic Mitchell.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Corvo. Afternoon birdwatching if time.
Full day birdwatching on Corvo.
Date trip to Flores for birdwatching.
Full day birdwatching on Corvo.
Full day birdwatching on Corvo.
Transfer from the guesthouse to the airport for your flight to Terceira. Afternoon birdwatching if time.
Full day birdwatching on Terceira.
Transfer from hotel to airport for flight home.

From - £1697pp

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.


During your Azores bird watching holiday your accommodation is at comfortable hotels and guesthouses throughout:


This fully guided birdwatching trip takes you in search of the endemic species of the Azores as well as American vagrants.


This Azores bird watching holiday is based Sao Miguel, Corvo and Terceira. For more information on these islands, click on the links below...

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