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Old Today, 13:47   #2426
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It's however remarkable how many bad or at least strange decisions they have already made this year.
- Not starting in europe to clear off staying vagrants, thus missing Pine Bunting and Red-necked Stint
- Going for that Albatross more than 3 month after its original rediscovery
- Having random weeks off without any birding and explanations. It would be much easier to understand for outsiders if they explained why they are taking off those days/weeks. They might have very valid reasons
- Not going to those islands (Cape Verde, Azores, Canaries, Iceland) earlier in the year so they can fully concentrate on twitching later in the year
- Not going to the Cape Verde to pick up pelagic birds that are probably gone when they finally arrive
- That Egypt episode
- Not going to Polar Urals (maybe too expensive?)
- Not trying for the White-throated Bee-eater
- Not trying for pretty much anything that showed well for a week before.
- Not going earlier in September to Corvo, when it became apparent that it was going to be a good season
- Leaving the goddamn Azores in goddamn October!!!

This list could probably be even expanded.

They did a good job cleaning up much of the WPs residents, but they are doing a terrible job at getting rares
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http://www.bigyearwp.com/index.php/2...er-leave-corvo

Personally, I think that they have done a remarkable job. Logistically doing this as a threesome makes twitching and decision-making very hard. They are plainly birders at heart rather than twitchers and not necessarily WP listers as such so don't have too much ingrained as to the Corvo possibilities. It leaves room for a challenger which would not have seemed realistic if they had stayed for the full mid-September period till now!

Cabot's Tern looks a likely addition from the photos in due course?

http://www.bigyearwp.com/index.php/igoterra-ticks/

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No matter how difficult decision making might be the decisions I mentioned above and especially the leaving Corvo decision would've been handled very differently by almost everybody else. They added 13 species in the Azores in 15 days, mostly vagrants, but felt that wasn't good enough for them. What the heck?!
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They added 13 species in the Azores in 15 days, mostly vagrants, but felt that wasn't good enough for them. What the heck?!
Exactly, it's simply incomprehensible, leaving Corvo earlier than the original plan, without a logical reason, it's just silly.
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I don't know how deep their pockets are so perhaps leaving now, which seems absurd ornithologically, could simply be a matter of financial constraints. It's not hard to run low on funds towards the end of the year even with a steady income stream and modest expenditure. Throw in the costs of flights (especially open-ended ones), paying for accommodation and all the inevitable additional costs it must be very easy!
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I don't know how deep their pockets are so perhaps leaving now, which seems absurd ornithologically, could simply be a matter of financial constraints. It's not hard to run low on funds towards the end of the year even with a steady income stream and modest expenditure. Throw in the costs of flights (especially open-ended ones), paying for accommodation and all the inevitable additional costs it must be very easy!

But surely an on-the-spot decision to leave the following day results in a considerably more expensive flight than sticking to their planned departure date?
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