Nine islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Of volcanic origin, with a subtropical climate and shaped by ocean winds. Where the flora and fauna are affected by elements from East and West and man's eagerness to control and set in the wild.
Mitt ute i Atlanten ligger nio öar. Av vulkaniskt ursprung, med subtropiskt klimat och formade av oceanens vindar. Där en flora och fauna påverkats av inslag från öst och väst och människans iver att styra och ställa i det vilda.
Bird data on the web.
Birding Azores web site was initialized in 2004 by Staffan Rodebrand and Bosse Carlsson, two Swedish birders visiting the Azores on a yearly basis during recent years. The major purpose was to collect information and describe the bird fauna of the islands, and to create a source of information for visiting birders. The web site was then constructed together with Niklas Holmström and his platform seawatching.net with Birding Madeira already in use. In 2006 Bo Thoor joined the group adding more technical assistance, and the database was on its way. From this year onwards the site has been managed by Staffan Rodebrand, with an always increasing amount of data to be processed.
On 2nd February 2014 the Azores Bird Club was founded, and Birding Azores was freely turned over to this club, which has been taking over the database and continuing the work with Birding Azores since then. From the first of May 2017, the page has been closed down due to financial reasons.
Vital parts of the database have for this reason found its way to this place in order not to lose all the important information collected over the years. The database has been updated with data from the second part of 2012 (which was missing in the version at birdingazores.com). From 2013 and onwards there are printed bird reports from Azores Bird Club (Azores Rare and Scarce Bird Report 2013 and 2014 respectively). These are unfortunately not to be found on internet.
Birds of the Azores.
Most of the around 380 bird species which have been found in the Azores are rare birds. Birds with no knowledge of the islands and not aiming for them. Birds originating from different areas, misplaced during their migration.
There are 64 common or regular species of birds in the Azores. Many of these - 20 species - are non migratory breeding birds that remain on the islands all year around. Of these at least 4 were introduced by man. There are 7 species that breed every year but mostly migrate away from the Azores during the rest of the year. There are also a few species (7), which are very rare breeders or maybe not breeding every year. Most of these are still found commonly on the islands. The rest of the common species (30) are migratory birds that either pass the Azores during their migration, or species that spend the winter on the islands.
For four of these species the Azores population is very important on a global scale. There are large populations of Cory´s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea borealis and Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii, it is the endemic and very local Azores Bullfinch Pyrrhula murina, and the summer breeding form of Madeiran Storm-petrel - Monteiro´s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma monteiroi, also endemic to the Azores.
The breeding bird fauna of the Azores is still rather poorly known, and there have been very few quantitative censuses carried out.
For more data about birds and birdwatching in the Azores you can download or check out the following documents (pdf:s):
Lists of Rare and Scarce birds in the Azores (incl. 2012 and including references).
For recent sightings see:
More useful information can also be found at:
Birds photograped at Museu Carlos Machado in Ponta Delgada.
Azores Bird Club: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting for birding.
An often used strategy for visiting birders is to start with the central and/or western islands, and then spend the last day(s) on São Miguel. In this way the risk of being stranded due to bad weather is limited. Most visitors come in autumn when migrating birds arrive. Early autumn can be good for pelagic birds and waders (plus all the cetaceans), while late Sept. and October are best for land birds. Late autumn and winter might bring more ducks, herons and gulls, plus "specialities" like Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Coot and herons. For seeing rare birds (especially those from the west) Corvo is probably the best location due to its good "island-effect" (small isolated island attracting migrants from a wider area), and due to the large number of birders checking all corners of the island. For those interested in more variation (nature, lodging, food) and to find their own rarity Flores will be an alternative
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