Happy New Year! Rain and wind can divert some birds out of their migratory route into these little pieces of land named Madeira islands. Let's see what 2023 has reserved for us in terms of vagrant bird species:
26th of January 2023 off Lido, Funchal - seawatched by Roger (UK)
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
5 Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus - four 2nd cycle and one 3rd cycle
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
25th of January 2023 at Madeira Archipelago - during the last week at least 57 Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica were found, most of them dead. According to Diário de Notícias da Madeira, 25th January 2023, 27 birds were found in Madeira (mostly on the North coast) from which only 2 were still breathing and 30 birds were collected in Porto Santo island, from which 4 were still alive. In mainland Portugal several birds have also been collected and were tested for avian flu but were negative, so the general thought is that these birds were most probably caught in a storm associated with the movement of a glacier front into western Europe and now have difficulty finding food...
17th of January 2023 off Ponta da Cruz, Funchal - reported by Roger (UK)
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica - resting at sea
Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus puffinus - they are starting to come back from their winter migration!
1st of January 2023 at Funchal harbour - observed by Nicholas (UK)
Sanderling Calidris alba
4 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
1 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
3 Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
9 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
15 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
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