Birding in Madeira - March 2021

March... the first month of Spring! 2021 is not corresponding to anybody expectations but we sure hope by mid-Spring we can get a bit closer to normal with travelling resuming to almost 'normal' times and so we can get back to work, showing our customers the endemic bird species and subspecies of Madeira together framed by beautiful landscapes. In the meantime, we can only post the vagrant species that are around Madeira:

30th of March 2021 at Ponta do Pargo
8 Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
At least 3 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
Many Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Several Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At Paúl da Serra
3 Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

At Ribeira da Janela
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
4 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

29th of March 2021 at Caniçal
At least 5 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus tinnunculus

Between Santa Cruz and Caniçal
Hundreds Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Dozens Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At Machico
21 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

15th of March 2021 at Machico
9 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

9th of March 2021 at São Vicente
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At Ribeira Brava
3 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
2 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

5th and 6th of March 2021 off Porto Moniz - reported by Michel (NED)
Great Skua Stercorarius skua
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla

4th of March 2021 at Lagoa das Águas Mansas
5 Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

At Lagoa do Santo da Serra
2 Eurasian Teal Anas crecca>
4 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Seawatching from Porto Moniz - by Michel (NED)
10 Great Skua Stercorarius skua

3rd of March 2021 at Ponta do Sol photographed by Deblaere (BEL)
Allen's Gallinule - a dead bird on the road

1st of March 2021 records by Michel (NED)
At Ponta do Pargo
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
3 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

Porto Moniz
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

While seawatching from Porto Moniz
1145 Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus
4 Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
3 Great Skua Stercorarius skua
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla

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