Birdwatching in May around Madeira, 2017

May is that month when all seabirds are back to their breeding colonies in Madeira and it is also a good month for vagrant birds. So lets wait and watch for the pelagic and land birds that will be blown to Madeira by the winds of May.

23rd of May 2017 at Ponta do Pargo
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
> 9 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
>16 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

22nd of May 2017 at Funchal Harbour - observed by Hans Jansen (NED)
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis

21st of May 2017 at Caniçal
2 Dunlin Calidris alpina alpina
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

20th of May 2017 at Ponta do Pargo
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
> 13 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
>20 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

19th of May 2017 at Caniçal - sighting by Gary Hobson & Suzanne Nelson (UK)
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

17th of May 2017 at Ponta do Pargo
Red Kite Milvus milvus

At São Vicente
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

16th of May 2017 at Caniçal - reported by Gary Hobson & Suzanne Nelson (UK)
Black Kite Milvus migrans

7th of May 2017 at Machico - reported by Lev Frid (USA)
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

6th of May 2017 at Faial
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

At Machico
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

At Porto Santo golf course - sightings by Natasha Freitas (POR)
5 Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

4th of May 2017 at Caniçal
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
3 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

3rd of May 2017 at Lugar de Baixo
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

1st of May 2017 at Machico
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
7 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At Caniçal
5 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
17 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

At Lugar de Baixo - observed by Claudia Freitas (POR)
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
3 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

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