Corvo Birdwatching – Confirmed dates for 2020
First trip: Mon 05 October to Wed 14 October 2020
Second trip: Mon 12 October to Wed 21st October 2020
Join us in 2020 for another expert guided 9 night birdwatching holiday visiting 3 islands in the Azores including; 5 nights on Corvo. Our trips in 2020 will be led by Dominic Mitchell (Founder of Birdwatch magazine). Dominic has these groups for the past 10 years and has extensive knowledge of the islands and species you’re likely to see during this vagrant-packed tour to the Western Palearctic’s undisputed rarity hot-spot.
For next year’s trip we’ll be looking 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.
Before heading to Corvo we’ll 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 spend the rest of the day visiting 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.
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.
Corvo is an adventure in every sense being the most remote of all the islands in the Azores and also the closest island to the USA, hence the number of vagrants to be found during the late autumn months. Birdwatching on Corvo can also be quite a strenuous affair as many of the birds sightings are located in remote parts of the island and the only way to reach them is in foot.
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.
To successfully bird watch on Corvo you need to have a reasonable level of fitness as there are few roads and often you have to walk miles over farmers fields, climb walls and fences, then at the end of the day have a long walk back!
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.
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.
For more information or to book, call 017687 75672 and ask for either Ian or Jake
From - £1920pp
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
During your Azores bird watching holiday your accommodation is at comfortable hotels and guesthouse on Corvo
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...