February 2018 bird visitors to Madeira

February is a transition month, while some passerines start displaying, like Spectacled warbler, other birds are still in their winter schedule. In Madeira February started cooler than normal, with snow up on
the highest peaks and also windy and wet. Not the best conditions to go out birding though...

21st of February 2017 off Porto Moniz
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus - adult

At São Vicente
2 White wagtail Motacilla alba alba

At Ponta do Pargo
2 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
10 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

At Ribeira Brava
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca - female
4 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
2 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

15th of February 2017 at São Vicente
2 White wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

At Ponta do Pargo
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

6th of February 2017 at Funchal harbour - recorded by Roef Mulder (NED)
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

5th of February 2017 at Tanque pond, Porto Santo - observations by Roef Mulder (NED)
2 American wigeon Anas americana - males
3 Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope - males
7 Tufted duck Aythya fuligula - 4 male + 3 female
Meadow pipit Anthus pratensis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

At Porto Santo Beach
49 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus
8 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

Between Madeira and Porto Santo
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla - first winter

4th of February 2017 at Ponta São Lourenço - sighting by Roef Mulder (NED)
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

2nd of February 2017 at Ribeira Brava - reported by Roef Mulder (NED)
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

At Funchal harbour
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
3 Little Egret Egretta garzetta

1st of February 2017 at Machico
2 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta - drake
16 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At Caniçal
24 Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

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