23/11/2018
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Azores

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Azores Bullfinch. Photo: Dominic Mitchell.
Azores Bullfinch. Photo: Dominic Mitchell.

Dates: 7-16 October 2019

Price: £1,697 including flights

Interested in looking for American vagrants? The adrenaline rush of seeing a ‘lifer’ or finding a rarity is a thrill every birder enjoys, and autumn migration is full of the promise of such experiences – especially in the hot-spot of the Azores.

If you’ve never been, you are missing out. These beautiful Atlantic islands are firmly in the Western Palearctic, and the atmosphere often recalls island birding in Britain, yet the experience is on another level to Scilly or Shetland. The number and diversity of North American migrants and vagrants in autumn can be outstanding, particularly on the island of Corvo, and this annual tour has never failed to find exciting birds.

This itinerary includes five nights on the vagrant ‘rock’ of Corvo. We’ll also look for the endemic Azores Bullfinch on São Miguel and visit the wader magnet of Terceira, targeting vagrant American wildfowl, shorebirds and landbirds, all of which are possible almost anywhere.

This tour has a rich history: we’ll aim to add to our long list of past rarities, which includes Wood Duck, White-tailed Tropicbird, Double-crested Cormorant, Tricoloured and Great Blue Herons, Northern Harrier, 20 Nearctic wader species, American Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Grey Catbird, Hermit Thrush, Red-eyed, White-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Ovenbird, Hooded, Wilson's, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped, Yellow and Black-and-white Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Bobolink, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Oriole.

The tour is led by Dominic Mitchell, Managing Editor of Birdwatch and BirdGuides.com. Having first visited 25 years ago, he has travelled extensively around the islands, added new birds to the Azores list and found or seen a total of some 70 North American species in the archipelago. Join him on his 18th visit to the islands to share in a unique and unmissable birding holiday.

This tour is operated on behalf of Birdwatch and BirdGuides by Archipelago Azores (fully bonded and licensed through the CAA, ATOL licence 6059). The price includes all flights, ground transportation, accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis and guiding. For an itinerary and reservations, call the company on 01768 775672, email info@azoreschoice.com.

 

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