c) Early Autumn Trip:
Endemics, Whales and Dolphins and Vagrants
Day One: Sao Miguel for Azores Bullfinch and Furnas
Day Two: Sao Miguel Lagoa Azul and wetlands
This part of the trip will follow the itinerary of the winter and spring trips. American vagrant waders are a feature from the early autumn so we will spend these days looking out for these too.
Day Three: Terceira: Cabo da Praia
Cabo da Praia is the best place in the Azores (and the Western Palearctic) for American waders where up to 10 species a day can be found side by side with their European counterparts.
Day Four: Ferry to Graciosa
Day Five: Graciosa pelagic
Band-rumped Petrels will be our main target on Graciosa. This is the change over time between hot and cool season breeding birds so it will be possible to encounter Monteiro’s and Grant’s Petrels together. There has been little sea birding done off Graciosa this time of year so there are potential surprises.
Day Six: Ferry to Terceira
The inter-island ferries provide great opportunity for sea birding and whale and dolphin watching.
Day Seven: Back to Sao Miguel