Friday, 31 October 2014

The State of UK Birds 2013



Here's a bit more from Mark Avery on the current state of UK birds : Mark Avery Blog

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Corvo 2014


So that's the end of another Corvo season for me. My ten year anniversary on the island. What a difference a decade makes- I could hardly leave the guest  house due to knee problems and didn't find a single bird. However great to see so many people taking up the batons and gave me a chance to sort out some improvements for our projects on the Azores (Azores Nature). Here's some pics from the birding season:

Vincent Legrand Photo Album

Monday, 20 October 2014

Blackpoll Warbler and Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Blackpoll Warbler
 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Blackpoll Warbler (another shot of bird above)


Corvo Birders twitching the cuckoo

Trying out a new tool to do some photos with
 
A couple of new birds in the village today- a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Blackpoll Warbler. Blackpoll was an Azores tick for me but I still haven't seen the Northern Shrike which would be another tick.
We did Katt's (the Guesthouse manageress) list yesterday and she's approaching 50 species including a few WP megas.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Corvo 2014 Week 2

 Buff-bellied Pipit
 Snow Bunting
The wind has now calmed down- making it easier to find birds
 
A few good birds around at the moment including a Northern Shrike and Black-throated Green Warbler. I haven't seen either because as usual on here I have knackered my knee.
Got to see the Buff-bellied Pipit in the village and a Snow Bunting and Dotterel up on the reservoir.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Corvo 2014

 Northern Parula- Two on the island recently (Vincent Legrand)
Philadelphia Vireo (Vincent Legrand)
 Common Dolphins and Cory's Shearwaters in high seas (Vincent Legrand)
 White-rumped Sandpipers- 10 on the island yesterday as part of an influx in strong westerly conditions
 European Golden Plover- migrants coming in from east and west
 A large storm over 2500km wide (almost the entire North Atlantic) is currently battering the island
2014 Azores Report was launched here this year (if you would like a copy please email me littleoakgroup@btinternet.com, costs 10 euro)
 
Storm conditions continue making is rather difficult to find landbirds. The storm (a 2500km wide complex) is due to last until Sunday so it might be easier to find some birds once it calms down.
For the daily news from Corvo see: CORVO BLOG
For all news from Azores see: AZORES BIRD SIGHTINGS



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

10 Years of Corvo Birding




It's my tenth year anniversary on Corvo this year. Katt arranged a little party to celebrate the occasion. Cheers Katt- much appreciated. Great to see the birding community growing year on year.

Here's the story from 10 years ago: BIRDWATCH Eye of the Storm

Monday, 13 October 2014

Last couple of days

 Willet
Juvenile Spoonbill (anyone recognise the colour rings)
Little Stint
Spent yesterday with Gerby and the Birdwatch group and birded Sao Miguel and today arrived on Corvo.