Birds visiting Madeira in April 2017

April is starting with some Easterly winds which are the best to blow vagrant birds out of their migration route between Africa and Europe... So lets see what April has to offer us in terms of vagrant bird species:

28th April 2017 at Funchal
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo - observed by Ron Shergold (UK)

At Machico
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

27th April 2017 at Lugar de Baixo
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

At Ponta do Pargo
5 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
13 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

19th April 2017 at Lugar de Baixo
2 Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

At São Vicente
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

At Porto Moniz
Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At Ponta do Pargo
5 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

At Santa Cruz
>17 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

18th April 2017 at Santa Cruz
Dozens Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
> 40 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At Lugar de Baixo - sightings by Gunter Ehlers (GER)
2 Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

At Funchal harbour - reported by Christian Schulze & Nina Gallmetzer (AUT)
5 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis

17th April 2017 at Lugar de Baixo - observations by Chris Swaine (UK)
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Off São Vicente - by Christian Schulze & Nina Gallmetzer (AUT) while seawatching
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus
270 Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus puffinus

16th April 2017 at Ponta de São Lourenço - reported by Chris Swaine (UK)
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Sand Martin Riparia riparia - feeding with several Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica & Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

At Caniçal
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

15th April 2017 at Caniço - sightings by Christian Schulze & Nina Gallmetzer (AUT)
Great Northern Loon Gavia immer

At Pico do Arieiro
Black Kite Milvus migrans

At Porto Santo - reported by Gil Caboz (POR)
7 White Stork Ciconia ciconia

13th April 2017 at Machico
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
8 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At Ponta de São Lourenço - reported by Christian Schulze & Nina Gallmetzer (AUT)
5 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
2 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum

12th April 2017 at Ponta do Pargo
5 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

At Lugar de Baixo
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
3 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At Levada Grande, Porto Moniz - observations by Christian Schulze & Nina Gallmetzer (AUT)
10 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
3 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
2 Sand Martin Riparia riparia

At Caniço - reported by Jane & Tony Duffield (UK)
Great Northern Loon Gavia immer

11th April 2017 at Funchal - observed by Philippe Loyoddin (AUT)
White Stork Ciconia ciconia - flying over

4th April 2017 at Ponta do Pargo
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
5 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

At Lugar de Baixo
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
3 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
13 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At São Vicente
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

3rd April 2017 at Pico do Arieiro - reported by Han Buckx (NED)
2 Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Black Kite Milvus migrans

2nd April 2017 at Ponta da Cruz - observations by Han Buckx (NED)
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
2 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus
5 Little Egret Egretta garzetta

At Funchal Harbour
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
3 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

At Lugar de Baixo
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

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