On Thursday, the 27th of August 2009 Max Berlijn (NED) and Catarina Fagundes (Madeira Wind Birds) went on a trip to Desertas and these were their sightings which Max kindly described as:
"Great Shearwater 25+, nice views, som swimming in flocks of Cory's next to the boat for a short wile Desertas/Bugio Petrel - 3, the last was the best but the views can be better Bulwer's Petrel- Common mostly on the way back, no birds in the holes of the Desertas (they went for a walk?...) Wilson's Petrel - 1, good views found by Catarina (thanks for that). First we thought it was a Madeiran but the not band like rump, stubby head with no big bill, and flight with a lot of pattering with the wings held while doing this in a V shape, no gliding flight made us realize it was a Wilson's. Also the grey band on the upperwing seen, square tail, not seen if the legs protected beyond the tail. I do not know how many records but Catarina thought less than 10. Whimbrel - 1 (white rump) Desertas Little Egret - 1 at the entrance of Funchal marina"
Until 2004 Wilson's Storm petrel records were "less than 5 for the last 50 years" though since Hadoram's pelagic trips in Madeira, in April 2008, April 2009 and June 2009, a few more records were added to these. Anyway, it is still less or close to 10 records and one of the very few on a trip to Desertas Islands.
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