Larks in Madeira

On a half-day birdwatching tour on the 11th of February 2009 4 species of larks were seen on a flock in Caniçal. These are the interesting sightings from that Madeira Wind Birds tour:

2 Short-toed Larks Calandrella brachydactyla
4 Woodlarks Lullula arborea - possible species, very difficult to get a good view of it
4 Skylarks Alauda arvensis
7 Calandra Larks Melanocorypha calandra
3 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
1 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
1 Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

3 Barn Swalow Hirundo rustica
Pallid Swifts Apus pallidus
Plain Swifts Apus unicolor
1 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
1 Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

On the 10th Feb 2009 Janet Parker from UK has seen, at Praia Formosa
1 Great Northern Diver/Loon Gavia immer - accidental vagrant to Madeira

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