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On this specific full-day activity, you will have the opportunity to explore different bird watching sites around São Miguel Island such as Nordeste, Furnas lake, Vila Franca do Campo and Caloura, depending on what we find. We will pick you up in Ponta Delgada around 9 am and drive to our first bird watching location. During the tour, you will discover some of the 33 species of birds that nest in the Azores. One of the highlights of bird watching in São Miguel is the chance to spot one of the rarest birds in Europe: the Azores bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina). This tiny bird of only 30g and 16cm can only be found in the Laurissilva forest, on the eastern part of São Miguel Island.
Many different endemic subspecies can also be spotted throughout the island. If you love birds, you should definitely not miss this experience with one of our experienced local nature guides! At the end of the day, we will drop you off back in Ponta Delgada at your hotel or at the tourist office.
The price for this activity is 85€ per adult (from 13 years old), 42,5€ per child (6-12), free of charge for the youngest (0-5 years old).
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, a hat, backpack, water.
Q: What is the Priolo?
A: The Priolo is the most threatened and the second rarest bird in Europe. The small bird of only is endemic to São Miguel and most particularly the eastern part of the island. It is estimated that its population is now only about 1,000 individuals. Futurismo is proud to be partner of the project Life Priolo, which supports and promotes their conservation.
Q: What is the best season for bird watching in São Miguel island?
A: It all depends on what you want to see. For resident species, the best season is summertime, even if they are here all year round, this is the time of the year we can easier spot them. For migratory birds, the best time is at the end of winter, during the springtime and also at the beginning of autumn.
Q: I am vegetarian, will the lunch at the local restaurant be adapted to my diet?
A: We will always try to meet your needs. If you have any food restriction, please inform us at least 48h prior to the tour to be sure to respect your specific diet.
Q: What makes the Azores a good bird watching destination?
A: Thanks to its large lakes, São Miguel provides ideal conditions for water birds and waders from all around the world. These birds are looking for rest and food after their long migrating trips. It is possible to find a variety of ducks from two different continents in the same spot. Many of the birds remain around the lakes from fall to springtime.
Q: What kind of birds can I see during this tour?
A: The famous Azores Bullfinch/Priolo (Pyrrhula murina), holarctic seagulls, common buzzard, wood pigeon, grey wagtail, blackbird, blackcap, European robin, goldcrest, common starling, chaffinch and island canary are the most important species. We can also find Cory’s and Little Shearwaters, Turnstone, Sanderling, Whimbrel, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semi-palmed Plover, American Wigeon, Blue-winged-Teal, and Ring-necked Duck.
Price per adult