Still not having too much time for birding and the species diversity is also really low. The last few days have been mostly dealing with plants and lab work. Glances out to sea have revealed plenty of distant Corys and lots of Common Terns as well as Azorean Gulls.
Lots of endemic subspecies too:
|Fringilla coelebs moreletti - bad photo - you get the idea!|
|Motacilla cinerea patriciae|
|Columba palumbus azorica|
A trip to Pico da Vara also yielded 6-7 Azores Bullfinch but I didn't manage a photo although a colleague did (Grrrr). We were monitoring a reforestation project for the Bullfinch.
|Laurisilva forest regeneration project that we were monitoring|
|Azores Bullfinch (Photo - John Moody)|
Plenty of good insects too including the island endemic Grayling.
|Sao Miguel Grayling (Hipparchia miguelensis)|
|Unknown Moth - Something like a Gothic?|
|Only pumillio - didn't get time to look for hastata|
As I said, most of the last few days have been concentrating on plants - Here are some endemics and invasives.
|Hedychium gardneranium - Invasive Ginger Lily|