Birds visiting Madeira for season holidays - December 2018

December started with strong easterly winds and very warm temperatures, beating the records of the last 50 years. Lets see if these inviting temperatures and the winds pushed some any interesting birds into the Madeira archipelago.

30th of December 2018 at Caniçal
2 Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus - flying off the coast
Great Skua Stercorarius skua - off the coast
21 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea - at the fish farm
46 Little Egret Egretta garzetta - close to the fish farm
2 Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
2 Sanderling Calidris alba
11 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

27th of December 2018 at Ribeira Brava
2 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
3 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus - flying westwards, off the coast

At Ponta do Pargo
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

At São Vicente
3 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

22nd of December 2018 at São Vicente
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus
2 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

20th of December 2018 at Caniçal
7 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

At Machico
15 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Little Egret Egretta garzetta

At Santa Cruz
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

At Ponta São Lourenço - reported by Lukasz (POL)
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

19th of December 2018 at Bom Sucesso, Funchal - photographed by Lukasz (POL)
Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus

13th of December 2018 at Machico
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
9 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Little Egret Egretta garzetta

6th of December 2018 at Machico - observation by Diana (UK)
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

1st of December 2018 at Ribeira Brava - sightings by Max & Paula (UK)
2 Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus - 1 with colour ring green with white alpha/numeric code R2JT

At Funchal
2 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

At São Vicente - observed by Claudia (POR)
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

At Porto Moniz
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

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