May started with some cooler temperatures and light winds which is not so good to blow migrating birds off their migration route into Madeira. Breeding birds are already in Madeira and some of them already have chicks, like the Roseate Tern. By mid-May we had quite an invasion of Dunlin as numbers were high when compared to previous years. Maybe the strong north/northeast winds on the previous days push them away from their migrating course and into Madeira. Let's see what May brings us in terms of vagrant birds:
6th of May 2018 off Machico - on a Bird, dolphin & whale watching trip
>40 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus on a migrating flock with
at least 20 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica - identified later by photo by Brian Tollitt (UK)
Great Skua Stercorarius skua
Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae/deserta - the first one observed this year as normally they arrive by end of May
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