Birdwatching for vagrant birds in Madeira, September 2015

September started with very light winds which does not push many birds into this piece of land in the North Atlantic... Even seabirds' migration is a bit slow... Lets see what the rest of the month will bring us:

3rd of September 2015 at Machico
Sanderling Calidris alba
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

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Visitant birds to Madeira in August 2015

Mangrove Warbler Setophaga petechia

It seems migration started a bit earlier this year, at least for Seabirds as we already observed some Great shearwaters on our Bird, dolphin & whale watching trips by end of July, so lets see what August will bring to us in terms of vagrant birds...

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Pelagic trip off Madeira 28th to 30th July 2015 - list fulfilled!

Long tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus

We sure had great observations of all the aimed seabird species!

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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:

27th of July 2015 off Ponta de São Lourenço
10 Great shearwater Puffinus gravis

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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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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