Birding in Madeira, March 2017

Spring is here!!! Passerines are displaying and Common House Martin and Barn Swallow are on their way up North as they are already passing through Madeira... Now lets hope for some Easterly winds to bring us some interesting vagrant birds!
23rd March 2017 at Machico
American Wigeon Anas americana
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
15 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

22nd March 2017 at Lugar de Baixo
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
3 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At São Vicente
2 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
2 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

21st March 2017 at Lugar de Baixo
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At São Vicente
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

14th March 2017 at Machico
American Wigeon Anas americana
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
13 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

11th March 2017 at Lugar de Baixo
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

At Porto Moniz
Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At São Vicente
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

8th March 2017 at Porto Moniz
2 Northern Gannet Morus bassanus - adults

At Ponta do Pargo
2 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

At São Vicente
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

At Lugar de Baixo
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Little Egret Egretta garzetta

5th March 2017 at Porto Novo - registered by Peter Higgins (UK)
Great Northern Loon Gavia immer

4th March 2017 at Faial
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

At Machico
American Wigeon Anas americana
10 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

3rd March 2017 at Ponta da Cruz - reported by Terry Canham (UK)
4 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
7 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

1st March 2017 at Ponta do Pargo
8 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
15 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At São Vicente
2 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

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