|Excellent views of Azores Bullfinch got the tour off to a great start.|
We got to my traditional spot on schedule and heard a Priolo calling immediately as we got out of the car - a superb start to proceedings. It took a little while longer to see them well but, as this image shows, the views were superb. Far rarer here were two Common Crossbills - the second time in three years that we have found this rare visitor at the site.
|Pied-billed Grebe was one of three American species seen on day one.|
A rapid tour of the island's hot-spots followed, resulting in a haul which included a smart Pied-billed Grebe at Lagoa Azul and American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the airport among other waders. Also of interest was an American Painted Lady at Furnas - the first I have seen in the islands. So job well and truly done on Sao Mig - tomorrow Flores.
|American Painted Lady Vanessa virginiensis at Furnas.|