b) Spring Trip:
Endemics, Seabirds, Whales and Dolphins
Day One: Sao Miguel for Azores Bullfinch and Furnas
Day Two: Sao Miguel lakes and coast
Day Three: Terceira – Cabo da Praia
The first part of this tour will follow the winter trip itinerary but looking for spring migrants.
Day Four: Ferry to Graciosa
300 pairs, nearly the entire world population of Monteiro’s Petrel is found breeding on the islets of Graciosa. This species is our main target but we also hope to see Barolo Shearwater, Wilson’s Petrel and a wide range of marine life including good numbers of cetaceans.
Day Five: Graciosa pelagics for Monteiro’s Petrel and more
We will also be exploring for Trindade and Black-capped Petrels. These species occur regularly in the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras and Trindade Petrel has been predicted to migrate into Azorean waters (see Flood, B & Danzenbaker, M 2009. Birding World 22:4) . This prediction is supported by a series of casual observations. Further exploration off the Azores, targeting these species at the prime time of year with modern chumming techniques is aimed at testing this prediction. The backdrop will be good numbers of cetaceans and other marine life.
Day Six: Ferry to Terceira
Day Seven: Back to Sao Miguel