A Birdwatchers Honeymoon Trip Report

1st July - Full Day
Susan & Rob Nagtegaal (Holland), Catarina Fagundes and Tânia Pestana (Madeira Wind Birds)

Paul da Serra - 2 Goldfinches, 1 female Blackcap, some Berthelot's Pipits, some Plain and Pallid Swifts, heard the a Firecrest and some quails and seen 1 rabbit.

Ribeira da Janela - 1 Kestrel, some Canaries and Black Birds, more than 20 Common Terns (many of them juveniles), some Yellow-legged Gulls with 1 juvenile, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Mallards and some Domestic Ducks

Porto Moniz - 1 Zino's Petrel / Fea's Petrel and many Cory's Shearwater flying on the sea, some Yellow-legged Gulls, some Rock Pigeons and Canaries.

Ponta do Pargo - 4 Buzzards, many Kestrels, 1 Chaffinch, at least 4 juveniles of Spectacled Warblers and 3 Berthelot's Pipits.

Ponta do Sol - 2 Little Egret, 4 Moorhens, 3 Coots, many Domestic Ducks, many Common Terns, 1 Roseate Tern, few Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Rock Pigeons and 2 Canaries.

29th June - Night Expedition
Susan & Rob Nagtegaal (Holland), Catarina Fagundes and Tânia Pestana (Madeira Wind Birds)

The night was quite clear, there was no wind and we could hear very well the calls of Zino's Petrels. 1 Silhouette was seen.

From 26th to 28th June - Island Triangle
Susan & Rob Nagtegaal (Holland), Catarina Fagundes and Hugo Romano (Madeira Wind Birds)

On Caniçal – 2 Common Mynas, many Atlantic Canaries, some Berthelot's Pipit, 1 Kestrel

On the way to Desertas - Cory's shearwaters, Fea's Petrels, Bulwer's Petrels

On Desertas – heard and saw many Cory's Shearwaters and Bulwer's Petrels

Desertas – 1 Buzzard, Common Terns, some Canaries

On the way to Porto Santo - Yellow-legged Gulls, Cory's Shearwaters, 1 Great Shearwater, Fea's/Zino's Petrels, many Bottlenosed Dolphins and a Turtle

In Porto Santo – some Berthelot's Pipits, 2 Hoopoes, some Rock sparrows, 2 Spanish sparrows, 1 White stork flying, 2 Buzzards, Kestrels, Yellow-legged Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Common Terns, Swifts and some Rabbits

On the way to Madeira – some Common Terns, Gulls, Cory's Shearwaters, 1 Little Shearwater, Bulwer's petrels, Manx Shearwaters and a Flying Fish

Notes: As the couple had already seen the Firecrest and the Long-toed Pigeon, on the full-day Madeira Wind Birds concentrated it's efforts in other species. On the place they had stay, recommended by Madeira Wind Birds, they could observe some species from their balcony as: Sparrowhawk, Robin, Chaffinch, Firecrest and 2 Grey Herons.

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