Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus seen in Madeira, 5 miles offshore South of Funchal on the 3rd of August 2009 by Frank Zino. Later on the 7th seen 7 miles offshore South of Funchal by Luis Portugal. In between there is a possible record in the shore of two, though due to heat haze not possible confirmation.
There are only four previous records of this species in Madeira.
Other vagrants seen this week include:
7th August 2009 at Poiso
Alpine swift - observed by David Fox
8th August 2009 on the way to Desertas
1 Great Skua
Seawatching at Porto Moniz
4 Great Shearwaters
2 Dunlins - observed by Hugo & Catarina from Madeira Wind Birds
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