Thursday, 26 November 2009

Parasitic Skua – Stercorarius parasiticus

Rare/Vagrant . All the Skuas are sighted ocasionally around the islands, this one was sighted 4/5 miles off Lajes do Pico.

Cory's Shearwater – Calonectris diomedea borealis

By far the most common marine bird in The Azores, it can be sighted in a daily basis around the islands.

Roseate Tern – Sterna dougallii

Altough it´s a Common/Breeding bird around The Azores, is still one of the rarest birds in Europe.
This one is particular is ringed and i´m trying to get some more information.
Sighted at Lajes harbour.

Sooty Shearwater – Puffinus griseus

Uncommon/Vagrant. Sighted 7/8 miles off Ponta da ilha- Pico.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Eurasian Spoonbill – Platalea leucorodia

The last from a group of three that stayed around from September 08 to March 09 in the pond area at Lajes do Pico.
One was found dead (cause unknown).

Bulwer's Petrel – Bulweria bulwerii

Uncommon/Breeding Petrel , usually is sighted off 5/6 miles from shore. The most common of the Uncommons at South of Pico.

Madeiran Storm-petrel – Oceanodroma castro

Rare/Breeding Storm-petrel seen here 3-4 miles off S.João do Pico.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Black-browed Albatross – Thalassarche melanophris

2nd Record for the Azores! Spotted 3 miles South of Ribeiras-Pico. Maybe the same bird as the 1st Record that was reported at 2006-09-13 South of Faial...

Black-capped Petrel – Pterodroma hasitata

2nd Record for The Azores! Spotted 5-6 miles offshore Lajes do Pico(Ponta da Queimada).

Bridled Tern – Onychoprion anaethetus

Spotted at Ponta da Ilha/Manhenha amongst the Common and Roseate Tern resident in that colony.