Azores Birdwatching trip to Flores and Corvo – Confirmed dates for 2022
Second trip: Mon 10 October to Wed 19th October 2022
Join us in 2022 for another expert guided 9 night birdwatching holiday visiting 3 islands in the Azores including; 5 nights on Flores. Our trips in 2022 will be led by Dominic Mitchell (Founder of Birdwatch magazine). Dominic has led 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.
Heavily under watched compared to neighbouring Corvo, Flores has perhaps the greatest untapped potential of all the Azorean islands, as shown by recent records of Wood 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.
During this time we will check the most productive sites on the island, often searching migrant traps for passerines but also visiting wetlands where Nearctic waders are regularly found, and where American Black Duck is regular. We’ll also be in regular touch with other birders on Flores and on Corvo, and may well take the boat across the channel to this neighbouring smaller island (weather permitting) on one or two days if there are twitchable major vagrants which demand our attention. Our previous visits to Corvo have netted White-eyed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Black-and-white Warbler and American Redstart, among many others. The channel itself should produce good views of Cory’s Shearwaters and perhaps other seabirds
Corvo (day trip by boat)
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 - £1970pp
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
This fully guided birdwatching trip takes you in search of the endemic species of the Azores as well as American vagrants.