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Azores Nature Review 2017

Another great year, in fact one of the best ever with a record breaking vagrant autumn  SEE HERE with an astonishing 48 Nearctic species and 155 individuals recorded. The birding on Corvo just seems to get better and better. Plans are still in the pipeline to expand the birding effort to the neighbouring island of Flores so that more people can get involved in the best autumn birding in the Western Palearctic.

Yet again more success on the annual Pelagic trips, this year led by Pierre-Andre Crochet with Swinhoe’s Petrel recorded again in addition the usual excellent suite of the regular seabird specialities and marine life. See itinerary of the pelagic HERE.

……and another successful natural history expedition led by Josh Jones (see below for details on an amazing discovery).

Thanks to everyone involved in the project, both project partners and participants for another exciting and successful year. For more details on the project SEE HERE

Hooded Warbler (Vincent Legrand)
NATURAL HISTORY TRIP 2017
The highlight of the trip was the discovery of a Grey-tailed Tattler at Cabo da Praia. See finder Josh Jone’s blog post HERE. The aim of these trips is to introduce guests to the natural history of the Azores while also collecting records and looking for interesting discoveries- so a great success. For an itinerary of the trip SEE HERE. If you would like to join next year’s trip please email littleoakgroup@btinternet.com for further details.
Long-tailed Blue. In addition to looking for the endemic birds, marine life, botany and volcanic origin of the Azores, the natural history trip also looks at the island’s entomology for a complete INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE AZORES
Grey-tailed Tattler, Cabo da Praia (Josh Jones) Finders account HERE
BIRDER’S PELAGIC 2017
For the background to these trips see the Birding Frontiers article HERE.
Another successful year with Swinhoe’s Petrel recorded again. For the world lister this is the best way to see Monteiro’s Petrel and for the WP lister there are several WP specialities .
Swinhoe’s Petrel – now seen on every trip since 2012.
AUTUMN VAGRANTS 2017
READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE and for a daily log through the autumn HERE
Highlights in the record breaking autumn included Bay-breasted Warbler (David Monticelli) and Blackburnian Warbler (below)
Redhead (above) and Temminck’s Stint (below) were highlights for WP and local birders on the way to Corvo through Terceira

If you are interested in being a participant in any of the main events 1) The natural history trip 2) The Birder’s Pelagic or 3) Autumn Vagrants  please email littleoakgroup@btinternet.com.

For more information: AZORES NATURE 
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Grey-tailed Tattler found on Azores Nature Natural History Trip 2017

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Azores Pelagic 2017

A few places are still available on the Azores Pelagic 2017.

Monteiro’s Petrel and Swinhoe’s Petrel have been recorded on all of the six trips since 2012.

Option 1: Saturday 26th August to Saturday 2nd September including Azores Bullfinch £1540

Option 2: Sunday 27th August to Friday 1st September (Pelgaic Only)  £879

For more information email me at littleoakgroup@btinternet.com.

Monteiro’s Petrel- the main target species of the trip. We visit at a time where the cool season breeding ‘Grant’s Petrel’ can also be encountered. (Gareth Knass)
Swinhoe’s Petrel- recorded on all of the last six trips
Wilson’s Petrel- recorded on all 8 trips since 2010 with upto 15 birds (Richard Bonser)
Barolo’s Shearwater- recorded in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015
Great Shearwaters. Up to 300 Great Shearwaters on some trips. Cory’s Shearwater is an abundant resident.
The Azores Pelagics have thrown up a few surprises including this Zino’s Petrel in 2012. (Harro Muller)
This South Polar Skua was recorded in 2014 (Richard Bonser)
 Sooty Tern breed on Praia islet in some years and have been recorded in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Azores Bullfinch- this endemic species is possible to see in the extended version of the tour
Cetaceans are frequently encountered including rare sightings such as breaching Sowerby’s Beaked Whales (Richard Bonser)
Spotted Dolphins (Vincent Legrand)
Sperm Whales- a frequently encountered resident species
Loggerhead Turtle- recorded on most trips
Blue Shark and Pilot Fish are frequently encountered

 

 

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2014 team
Read More about it: (Birdwatch Article 2014)

 

 

TRIP REPORT 2016 by Josh Jones

For more information or to book a place please email me:  littleoakgroup@btinternet.com

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2016 REVIEW

A few picture and links of highlights from this year’s Azores Nature Project. If you would like to take part in or find out more information on the natural history trip in July 2017, the pelagic in August  2017 or visiting Corvo in October in 2017 please email us at littleoakgroup@btinternet.com

NATURAL HISTORY TRIP 2016

 

Azores Bullfinch
Roseate Tern
Azores Grayling
Cory’s Shearwater
Cuvier’s Beaked Whale
Here’s the trip report by Chris Townend from 2015 that followed a similar itinerary

AZORES PELAGIC 2016



Trip Report by Josh Jones: 

 

CORVO 2016 

Upland Sandpiper
Scarlet Tanager
Semipalmated Sandpiper
American Golden Plover

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS




Click on link to view news report on Corvo 2016
Review of the 2014 report in Birdwatch Magazine

Unfotunately the 2015 report has been delayed but hoping to get up to date next year

AZORES NATURE

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CORVO BIRDING IN NATIONAL NEWS

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AZORES NATURE PELAGIC TRIP 2016

AZORES NATURE PELAGIC TRIP REPORT by Josh Jones 

If you are interested in being a participant of the 2017 Azores pelagic please email littleoakgroup@btinternet.com

Itineraries will be similar to this years SEE HERE  but dates to be confirmed.

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Azores Nature Trips 2016

Costs and Itineraries for 2016 trips (click on links) :

NATURAL HISTORY TRIP JUNE 2016   £1450

FIVE DAY PELAGIC AUGUST 2016    £698 (excluding flight)

AZORES BULLFINCH AND FIVE DAY PELAGIC AUGUST 2016   £1359

Please email littleoakgroup@btinternet.com for further details

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Birdwatch Magazine Review of the Azores Rare and Scarce Bird Report 2014

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Azores Rare and Scarce Bird Report 2014

If you wish to order one please email us at azoresbs@hotmail.co.uk with your name, email and postal address. £10 for UK and €15 euros (inc.P&P). Lots of new features on last years first edition. An extended team this year including Rich Bonser, Pierre-Andre Crochet, Sofia Goulart, Josh Jones,VIncent Legrand, Dominic Mitchell, Darryl Spittle and myself. Aside from my obvious bias- it’s a great report, with new layout, new sections, extended systematic list and finders accounts.

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