January has almost been a summer month in Madeira this year and we believe that will be one of the reasons for some of the vagrant birds to stay around for a while. As it has not been raining the rivers are still with not much water and so the bottom and the vegetation in the river beds are still providing a good food source for our visitant waders. During January these were the most interesting bird records in Madeira:
25th January 2012 in São Vicente
1 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
4 White Wagtails Motacilla alba
At Ponta do Pargo
Several Larks sp.
13th January 2012 in Pico do Areeiro
5 Snow Buntings Plectrophenax nivalis
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus - presumably the same individual that was first seen on the 14th of November 2011
Larks Alaudidae were heard but not seen
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica - the first of the year!
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