|Finally - the American Black Tern in Ponta Delgada harbour.|
With our flight home necessitating a return to the airport mid-morning, we had time to visit just one last local site - a duck pond on a farm north of the capital. Amazingly, among a motley assortment of barnyard ducks and geese, it also held two Blue-winged Teal, a Eurasian Wigeon, a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper and - best of all in terms of rarity status - a White Wagtail which I picked up catching insects along the far edge of the pond. Having seen what must be thousands of Grey Wagtails in the islands over the years, it made a change to clap eyes on a different Motacilla species. With just 25 previous records, White Wagtail is only marginally commoner than, say, Red-eyed Vireo in these islands.
|Vagrants from east and west: the 26th White Wagtail for the Azores|
is flanked by two Blue-winged Teal on a small farm pond ...
|... while a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper struts along a muddy edge nearby.|