Visitant birds to Madeira in December 2016

December is a low season for tourism in Madeira, so it is the ideal time to take our own holidays! This is why there are no earlier bird records this month. But let's see which sightings has Santa arranged for us this festive season...

30th December 2016 at Ponta do Pargo -observed by Manuel Ribeiro (POR)
9 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

28th December 2016 at Ponta do Pargo
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

São Vicente
2 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

27th December 2016 at Machico
American Wigeon Anas americana
2 Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
9 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

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A Zino's a day (on the pelagic expedition) keeps the stress away!

...And customers hurray!
Another successful pelagic with not such a great number of seabirds but with great views of the aimed species! Of, course, Cory's shearwater Calonectris borealis and Bulwer's petrel Bulweria bulwerii were observed everyday in good numbers.

Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira

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Madeira Pelagic Expedition for Seabird’s Migration - 26th to 28th August 2014

The wind was between 6 and 15 knots, during the 3 days, which allowed us to observe the different behaviour of the birds according to the sea and wind conditions. 1 Zino's Petrels was clearly observed and a few migrating seabirds were seen. Of course Cory's shearwater Calonectris borealis and Bulwer's petrel Bulweria bulwerii were the constant species everyday. So, in total we saw 11 species of seabirds (Madeiran storm-petrel does not count), 4 species of cetaceans and 1 shark:

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Jérôme Fournier and Andrea Panizza Bird Trip report

Jérôme and Andrea from France have kindly sent their bird observations while on a family holiday in Madeira, from November 24th to December 1st.

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March 2012 observations in Madeira

3 first records during March for Madeira:
1st confirmed record of Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius on the 10th by Petr Podzemny from Czech Republic.
On the 14th 1st record of Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens on Ponta do Pargo by Hugo Romano

Blue Rock Thrush, Madeira, Portugal

On the 17th Bluethroat Luscinia svecica - 1st record for Madeira! by Reg Tookey

Bluethroat, Madeira, Portugal

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