Birds visiting Madeira in July 2015

The heat wave in Europe might push some birds into the mild temperatures of Madeira... Let's watch which birds will visit this archipelago during July:

20th of July 2015 at Caniçal
2 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

18th of July 2015 at Lugar de Baixo
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

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A Zino's a day (on the pelagic expedition) keeps the stress away!

...And customers hurray!
Another successful pelagic with not such a great number of seabirds but with great views of the aimed species! Of, course, Cory's shearwater Calonectris borealis and Bulwer's petrel Bulweria bulwerii were observed everyday in good numbers.

Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira

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Great cetaceans' pelagic trip in Madeira, June 2015

On this pelagic the wind decided not to collaborate and so we had 2 days of very flat sea and no wind at all. These conditions are perfect for whale and dolphin watching but terrible for seabirds... We even postponed the trip for 1 day to try to get a better breeze though it was not enough to make the seabirds more active, although we manage to see 1 Zino's Petrel. We almost saw more species of cetaceans than birds...

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Madeira Petrels & Storm Petrels Pelagic Expedition, 16-18 June 2015

On this pelagic expedition Zino's petrel was only observed well with a definite identification on the second day but again, we saw all the aimed seabird species!! Of course, Cory's shearwater Calonectris borealis and Bulwer's petrel Bulweria bulwerii accompany us all days.

White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina hypoleuca

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Birdwatching in Madeira

Madeira Archipelago offers good conditions to birdwatchers, not only in terms of breeding birds but also vagrant bird species. Though there are only 47 breeding species to these islands, about half of them are endemic species or subspecies to Madeira or to Macaronesia region (Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands).

Madeira has three endemic species: Trocaz Pigeon Columba trocaz which is associated with the native forest of Madeira: the Laurel Forest; Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis, normally observed on forested areas and the rare Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira, a threatened seabird that nests on the highest mountains of Madeira. Regarding the Macaronesia bird species, one may observe Fea's/Desertas Petrel Pterodroma feae/deserta, Madeiran Storm-petrel Oceanodroma castro, Atlantic Canary Serinus canaria, Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotti and the Plain Swift Apus unicolor.

One interesting feature of birding in Madeira is the high number of endemic subspecies from which the ornithological highlights go to the bluish Madeiran Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs maderensis and the darker colours of Barn Owl Tyto alba schmitzi and Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea schmitzi.

However, seabirds are the major attraction for birdwatchers because there are several colonies of world importance. In Madeira archipelago one may find 8 breeding seabirds species namely the rare Pterodromas (P. feae and P. madeira), Barolo's Shearwater Puffinus baroli, Madeiran Storm-petrel Oceanodroma castro and White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina hypoleuca. This last species being confined to breed in Selvagens Islands but observed offshore on Wind Birds' Pelagic Expeditions.

A pelagic trip on Madeira or seawatching from the coast gives you also the chance to observe some vagrant birds like Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis, Great Skua Stercorarius skua, Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus or European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus, between others;

Join one of Wind Birds tours and you will see not only Madeira birds but also amazing landscapes which are out of the common tourist routes!

white faced storm petrel bulwers petrel

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