Also found near Cabranosa on the 21st was a Yellow-browed Warbler, which proved to be the first of many! So far there have been about a dozen in the Algarve and others further north. There is still time for more to be found and numbers look certain to exceed last year’s total, which itself far surpassed anything that had gone before.
Yellow-browed Warbler - Castro Marim, November 2013
Rüppell’s Vultures, while still very rare in the Algarve, are now birds that can almost be expected at this time of year at Sagres. Recently we wrote here about vultures in Portugal and the fact that five Rüppell’s had been seen together in the Eastern Alentejo.
The White-rumped Sandpiper, which stayed until at least the 26th, is interesting as it is only the seventh record of this species in Portugal and it follows two others at Martinhal in 2009 and 2013. Or does it? What are the chances of three different White-rumped Sandpipers turning up in exactly the same place? The 2009 bird was a juvenile; we believe the subsequent reports have referred to adult birds. There seems no reason at all why this latest record (and last year’s) isn’t the return of the same bird and, who knows, it may well have remained undetected when making other visits to Martinhal.
White-rumped Sandpiper - Martinhal, November 2009
Western Reef x Little Egret hybrid - Tavira, September, 2013