Friday, 25 February 2011
It has begun!
Previous stuff on this here.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
A few more Azores shots. There is a regular winter flock of Ring-billed Gulls on Terceira (up to 50+) which presumably migrate to and from the US on a routine basis.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Juvenile 'American Herring Gull' (Keijo Wahlross)
Markku Santamaa and Keijo Wahlross found this juvenile gull on Terceira a couple of days ago. Considering the location of the bird and the fact that American Herring Gulls are regular on the Azores, the various pro-AMHG features could be presented as a convincing argument to confidently label this bird as an American Herring Gull.
However if we were to apply strict criteria the undertail coverts on this bird have widely spaced barring and not the barcode barring which is generally regarded as an essential feature to secure a WP identification for American Herring Gull. Also is the bird a bit too pale - could that be a Glauc or Thayers influence?
What if this bird was seen in Northern Europe- would it get through a rarities committee with those undertail coverts? Also can we certainly exclude a gull from Iceland?
Does it make a difference that this bird is on the Azores? I think it does- which could mean that sometimes in gulling it may appear that.......'It's not what you see, it's where you see it'
More 'American Herring Gulls' from the Azores here:
Monday, 14 February 2011
This bird was ringed as a pullus on the 17/06/2010 at Hellevoetsluis, Slijkplaat, Zuid-Holland. The first sighting of this bird was then on 16/10/2010 at Great Yarmouth seafront, Norfolk and then not seen / recorded until last week when on Praia da Vitoria beach, Terceira (via Simon).
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Click on image to enlarge.
Trying to work out if this bird can be identified as either a Nearctic or Palearctic bird. Simon and I came across it last week on the Azores. The answer is actually on the bottom of the left leg but I can't read it!
The identification of 'American Sandwich Tern' (also known as Cabot's Tern) has been dealt with by Garner et al in Dutch Birding Vol:29:5 but I still can't work it out :-)
Thursday, 10 February 2011
This morning was the last day for me- although Simon stayed for another day and there is a steady flow of observers twitching the heron over the next few weeks.
Palearctic Migrants and vagrants
Black-headed Gull (500+), Lesser Black-backed Gull (100+), Mediterranean Gull (4), Common Gull (5), Common Teal (40), Tufted Duck (10), Eurasian Wigeon (2), Common Coot (8), Common Moorhen (6), Grey Heron (2), Little Egret (15), Greenshank (2), Spotted Redshank (1), Wood Sandpiper (1), Sanderling (50+), Turnstone (30+), Ringed Plover (10), Black-tailed Godwit (9), Little Stint (1), Common Sandpiper (1), White-winged Tern (1), Greylag Goose (3), Pink-footed Goose (1), Great Northern Diver (1) (Total 803)
Azorean Gull (1500+), Kentish Plover (20+), Starling (500+), House Sparrow (500+), Blackcap (50+), Atlantic Canary (200+), Azorean Chaffinch (200+), Robin (30+), Woodpigeon (300+), Feral Pigeon (100), Blackbird (30+), Cory’s Shearwater (50+), Common Buzzard (10+), Quail (10), Grey Wagtail (15), Goldcrest (5), Goldfinch (30+) (Total c3550)
Holarctic (either the Palearctic or Nearctic)
Greater Scaup (1), Slavonian Grebe (1), Sandwich Tern (1), Dunlin (4), Knot (5), (12)
Ring-billed Gull (30), American Herring Gull (2), Lesser Scaup (1), Bufflehead (1), Ring-necked Duck (3), Blue-winged Teal (1), American Coot (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (2), Greater Yellowlegs (1), Semipalmated Plover (2), Spotted Sandpiper (1), Great Blue Heron (1), Yellow-crowned Night Heron (1), Pied-billed Grebe (1), (48)
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
First winter Mediterranean Gull, Praia da Vitoria
Slavonian Grebe, Praia da Vitoria harbour
2nd winter American Herring Gull with Azorean Gulls and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Great Blue Heron, Paul da Praia
Pied-billed Grebe, Angra harbour
Another great day on Terceira. Finally saw the 'herring gull' well enough today to confirm it as an American Herring Gull. The Great Blue Heron showed itself this morning at Paul da Praia.
All the news from today:
Simon's account here: http://shorebirder-waderworld.blogspot.com/
Monday, 7 February 2011
Top to bottom: 1) Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup and Tufted Duck, 2) White-winged Tern, 3) Greater Yellowlegs , 4) Ring-billed Gulls, 5)Ring-billed Gulls, Common Gull, Common Gull/hybrid, Black-headed Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Short-billed Gull, Terceira 2003. A first for the Western Palearctic.
1st winter Ring-billed Gull and Forster's Tern, Terceira 2003.
Juvenile American Herring Gull (rear) and 1st winter Azorean Gull, Terceira, 2005.
Juvenile American Herring Gull, Terceira, 2003.
First winter American Herring Gull, Terceira, 2003.
Off to the Azores next week to do a bit of gulling. Here are a few highlights of previous trips.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Black-capped Petrel by Killian Mullarney