Walked back to the village in the rain and got pretty cold and soaked, but what else can you expect when you are on a volcano in the middle of the Atlantic in November!?
As I got down the rain was a bit lighter and I had a walk around the airfield. The usual Turnstones and Yellow-legged Gulls were accompanied by two European Whimbrels, a Grey Plover and a Lesser Black-backed Gulls among others. Also found this giant in the shoreline.
This 1,5 m(!) dude was lying on the beach relaxing after his lunch snack.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) feat. Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
European Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
As I have to much spare time now when all the other birders are gone I spent part of the evening adding my Azores list to the Club100 section on the Birding Azores website: http://azores.seawatching.net/index.php?page=xlist&s=0 Hopefully I will pass Darryl in the next few days! :)
Number two in the rankings is this handsome guy.
If you come here in October next year you might be fortunate to meet him!
European Whimbrel 2, Grey Plover 1, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Great Black-backed Gull 2, Ovenbird 1