Birding in Madeira by Graham Ekins

Funchal Marina
12th May 2011.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron from 19.35-20.00. On rocks by road in marina..
Roseate Tern 1 adult present on every visit with up to 6 Common Terns
Turnstone immature

Quinta do Lorde Marina
Adult Turnstone in summer plumage evening of 11th May.
Canical Town centre 13th May 2011.
House Martin 3
Swallow 1

Ponta do Rosta 13th May 2011
Quail 3 males calling and one seen briefly in rough grassland 150 metres from the patch of Pine Trees. I parked on the right approximately 500 metres before the radio station and bus park.
Pallid Swift- one flying around the radio masts at 15.45.

Ponta do Rosta 14th May 2011.
Low cloud when I arrived and it had only just stopped raining. Wind E force 2/3. Sunny in Funchal when I left
Swallow 40
House Martin 8
Sand Martin 1
Pallid Swift 3

Hobby 1 flew along cliffs heading W. I guess it had just arrived off the sea.
500 metres W of Quinta do Lorde.
Found an adult Purple Heron flying E towards Quinta over the sea. Appeared to land on the hillside above the harbour c. 0.5km away.

Return to Funchal 10.55-11.30
Estimated 20 Swallows in groups of 1 to 3 flying W alongside the VR1 as I drove back.

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