Madeira Birdwatching Trip Reports

Madeira Birdwatching trip reports is where we keep the records of the vagrant birds observed in Madeira each month and also the seabirds observed during the Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expeditions.

Madeira is out of the bird migration routes so most of the birds we get in Madeira archipelago are blown off course or lost with only a few species being common visitant birds to this region.

You, as a birdwatcher visiting Madeira, are welcome to send us your observations so you can help us keep these sightings page updated! If you are not sure whether the species is rare to Madeira, please check the species page on Madeira Birds List.

Trip Report
Birdwatching in Madeira in August 2017
Great seabirds' list on 1st to 3rd of August pelagic!
Pelagic birds like windy conditions - 25th to 27th July pelagic expedition
12-14th July 2017 pelagic birds' expedition - rough...but a full plate!
Madeira - birdwatching in July 2017
A quiet but successful Madeira pelagic expedition, 26th-28th June 2017
Seabirds & Cetaceans - great observations from 6th to 8th June 2017
Birdwatching in June 2017, Madeira archipelago
Madeira deep sea pelagic - 24th to 26th of May 2017
Special(ists) Pelagic Expedition, Madeira, May 2017
Birdwatching in May around Madeira, 2017
Birds visiting Madeira in April 2017
Birding in Madeira, March 2017
Birdwatching in Madeira, February 2017
January 2017 - reports for vagrant birds in Madeira
Birdwatching in Madeira, November 2016
Vagrant birds in Madeira during October 2016
September 2016 birding observations for Madeira
Nice ending of a successful 2016 pelagics' season!
Seabirds migration started! Great pelagic expedition, 2-4 August 2016
August 2016 - visitant birds to Madeira
One more successful deep sea pelagic expedition, July 2016
July 2016 visitant birds to Madeira
A record of Pterodromas on 28-30 June pelagic!!!
13th-15th June 2016 pelagic: Great seabirds and cetaceans!
Petrels, Shearwaters & Storm-petrels = very successful pelagic!
Birdwatching in Madeira in June 2016
Storm-petrels pelagic, Madeira, May 2016
Great start for the Madeira Pelagics 2016!
May 2016 - birdwatching sightings in Madeira
April's 2016 visitant birds to Madeira
17th March 2016 - Research Pelagic Trip Report
March 2016 - Winter end and Spring start bird observations
February 2016 - visitant birds' observations to Madeira
Birds spending New Year 2016 at Madeira
Madeira Birdwatching in December 2015
Birding in Madeira in November 2015
Vagrant Bird News for Madeira in October 2015
Birdwatching for vagrant birds in Madeira, September 2015
Porto Moniz Seawatching report - 1st half of September 2015
Madeira Pelagics' 2015 Grand Finale
Seabirds migration pelagic expedition - 24th, 25th & 27th August 2015
Pelagic birdwatching has its bad days as well... 17th to 19th August 2015
Madeira Pelagic Trips, August 4, 5 & 6
Visitant birds to Madeira in August 2015
Pelagic trip off Madeira 28th to 30th July 2015 - list fulfilled!
Birds visiting Madeira in July 2015
Great cetaceans' pelagic trip in Madeira, June 2015
Madeira Petrels & Storm Petrels Pelagic Expedition, 16-18 June 2015
Madeira Pelagic Expedition marked by light wind, June 2015
June 2015 vagrant birds' sightings in Madeira
Seabirds observed on the Zino's Pelagic Expedition, 2nd to 4th of June 2015
May 2015 Madeira Pelagic Expedition - we saw them all!
May 2015 - visitant birds to Madeira
First amazing Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition of 2015
April 2015 birdwatching reports for Madeira
March 2015 birding report for Madeira
Madeira Birdwatching in February 2015
January 2015 Birdwatching reports for Madeira
Birdwatching records for Madeira during December 2014
November 2014 Birdwatching Report
Madeira birdwatching - sightings report, October 2014
September 2014 birdwatching news for Madeira
Birdwatching in August 2014 in Madeira
Pelagic birdwatching expedition in Madeira - 12th to 14th August 2014
Madeira Pelagic Birding - 5th-7th August 2014
Madeira Pelagic Trip - 29th to 31st July 2014
July 2014 vagrant bird species while birding in Madeira
Madeira deep sea pelagic Expedition - June, 24th to 26th
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition - 17th to 19th June 2014
June 2014 birdwatching news for Madeira
May 2014 Zino's Pelagic Expedition Report
May reports for vagrant birds in Madeira
April's 2014 birding reports for Madeira
March 2014 birding records for Madeira
February 2014 birding records for Madeira
January 2014 birding records for Madeira
December 2013 birdwatching records for Madeira
November 2013 birdwatching reports for Madeira
Wilson's Snipe - first record for Madeira archipelago!
October 2013 birding news for Madeira
September 2013 birdwatching news for Madeira
Madeira Pelagic Expedition for Petrels - August 26th, 27th & 28th
Deep Sea Pelagic Expedition - August 9th, 10th & 12th
August 2013 vagrant birds for Madeira
Madeira Pelagic Expedition - 30th July to 2nd August 2013
July birdwatching news for Madeira
16th, 17th & 18th July 2013 - a marine mammals pelagic!
Pterodromas pelagic trip - 25th, 26th & 27th June 2013
Vagrant bird species observed in June 2013
2nd record of Long-tailed Duck to Madeira archipelago
Zino's Petrel Pelagic 2013 - May 28th, 29th & 30th
Mark Coller's seawatching report from 6th to 13th May 2013
Madeira birdwatching news for May 2013
April 2013 birding news for Madeira
Frank Zino's bird report of Porto Santo on 13th April 2013
March 2013 birding news for Madeira
Madeira Birdwatching news for February 2013
January 2013 birdwatching news for Madeira
December 2012 bird news for Madeira
November 2012 birdwatching news for Madeira
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - August 28, 29, 30
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - August 22, 23, 24
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - August 10, 11, 13
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - August 6, 7, 8
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - August 1, 2, 3
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - July 23, 24, 25
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - July 10, 11, 12
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - June 12, 13, 14
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - June 4, 5, 6
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - May 28, 29, 30
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2012 - May 22, 23, 24
February 2012 bird observations
1st record of American Coot for Madeira
January 2012 bird observations in Madeira
December 2011 bird observations in Madeira
November 2011 bird records in Madeira
October 2011 bird records in Madeira
September observations in Madeira & Porto Santo Islands
Zino's Petrel & Migration deep sea pelagic trip
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2011 - August 8, 9 & 10th
Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2011 - August 4, 5 & 6th
Black Bellied Storm-petrel: Madeira 1st Record
Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Funchal Marina
5th Zino's Petrel Pelagic 2011
4th Zino's Petrel Pelagic 2011
3rd Zino's Petrel Pelagic 2011: 1st record South Polar Skua
2nd Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition 2011
2nd record of European Honey Buzzard for Madeira archipelago
Birding in Madeira by Graham Ekins
Zino's Petrels are back to Madeira!!!
1st record for Yellow-crowned Wagtail
1st record for Corn Bunting in Madeira
Yellow-crowned Night Heron - 1st for Madeira, 3rd for Western Palearctic
Porto Santo - January 2011 observations
Birds spending Christmas in Madeira Island
Scopoli Shearwater fly around Madeira Island
Ponta do Pargo still get some birds
Gadwalls and Reed Bunting in Madeira
Birdwatching Festival in Machico river
Ringing trip to Selvagens Islands
Another first record for Madeira - Pacific Golden Plover
2nd record for Solitary Sandpiper in Madeira
Migration pelagic 30th & 31st August and 1st & 3rd September 2010
Solitary Sandpiper at Lugar de Baixo
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Madeira - 1st record
Porto Moniz Seawatching 2010
Another great pelagic trip in Madeira seas - August 2010
Brown Booby seen twice on pelagic trips off Madeira
Another successful pelagic expedition
Swinhoe's Storm Petrel off Madeira
3rd Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition - trip report
2nd Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition - trip report
Mark Coller's special bird records in Madeira
The Ultimate Western Palearctic Pelagic Expedition: Madeira, May 2010 by Hadoram Shirihai
1st Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition - trip report
The Ultimate Western Palearctic Pelagic Expedition: Madeira, May 2010
Purple Sandpiper in Madeira - less than 5 records
April 9th - Red-rumped Swallow and European Bee-eater
16th March - Peregrine falcon at Porto Moniz
Birds & Dolphins watching trip - 10th March 2010
The vagrant's season has started
Sightings on Madeira holiday 15-22nd February 2010 by Allen Pocock
Sad news for Madeira Birdwatching
Cory's Shearwaters are back to Madeira for 2010!
Early February 2010 bird news
Bird observations at Funchal bay
Full-day birdwatching observations
Great Northern Loon again in Madeira
First birdwatching tour in Madeira in 2010
Vagrant birds in Madeira - December 2009
American ducks in Madeira Island
Wood Duck - another first record for Madeira by Wind Birds
Porto Santo trip report by Madeira Wind Birds - October 2009
Tired dotterels in Madeira
Wintering birds already in Madeira
Barbary Falcon in Porto Santo Island - 3rd record for Madeira
Porto Moniz Seawatching 2009
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) - 1st record for Madeira
Porto Santo latest sightings - August 2009
Desertas sea trip sightings
Bird records off Porto Moniz on the 24th August 2009 by Max Berlijn
Eleonora's Falcon - 3rd record for Madeira
Turnstones, Coots and Black-headed gulls already returning to Madeira
The best-ever pelagic in the Western Palearctic by Hadoram Shirihai 2009
Red-billed Tropicbird in Madeira
The first-ever unequivocal and photographically documented at-sea records of the Zino's Petrel
Summer visitants in Madeira
Sightings on a birdwatching full-day tour in Madeira
First Record of Breeding Coots in Madeira
2nd record of Wilson's Phalarope to Madeira
April's vagrants to Madeira
Andrew Moon birdwatching trip report
9 days at sea around Madeira Island with Hadoram Shirihai
Birds for Easter in Madeira
Birdwatching March news for Madeira
Vagrant bird reports for Madeira
Spanish Imperial Eagle - male shot in Guadiana Valley
Madeira Carnival and February 2009 sightings
Cory's Shearwaters are already in Madeira sea
Great Northern Loon observed in Madeira
Larks in Madeira
Vagrants in Funchal Harbor
Mini boom of Iceland and Glaucus Gulls in Portugal
Vagrant birds in Madeira
Lisbon & Algarve birdwatching trip
More vagrant birds to Madeira
Teals in Madeira Island
Henrik Böhmer & Sigrid Ilsoe birdwatching trip report
Gulls in Funchal
Madeira birdwacthing trip report by John Carter (UK)
Ducks season in Lugar de Baixo
American Wigeon in Madeira
Osprey in Madeira
Tom McCanna trip report and experience with a Gyr Falcon in Madeira
Gyr Falcon in Madeira - an escapee from somewhere
Magnificent Frigatebird - 1st record for Madeira Islands
Blue-winged Teal - 1st record for Madeira
Janne & Hanna Aalto (FIN) Madeira trip report - September 2008
More vagrant news in Madeira
Hadoram Shirihai report of Madeira Photo Expedition for Zino's Petrel at sea
Some sightings of bird migration
Madeira petrel photo expedition - the desire & challenge to experience the enigmatic Zino's Petrel at sea, by Hadoram Shirihai
Another surprise season starting...
Expert birdwatchers decided it is a Montagu's harrier
Montagu's or Pallid Harrier?
July 2008 bird observations
Interesting migrants in Madeira
Whales & dolphins observed in Madeira south coast
Again, a Peregrine Falcon in Madeira
2 Red-footed Falcons in Madeira
New! - Regular reports of whales and dolphins sightings
Madeira trip report by Peter Ransome (UK)
Porto Santo trip report by Riccardo Del Togno (ITA)
More vagrant bird news in Madeira Island
Full days (literally) through Madeira Nature!
Erik & Marianne Mølgaard Madeira trip report
Vagrant birds boom in Madeira
New waders visiting Madeira Island
Long-legged Buzzard enjoying Madeira Nature
Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling - 1st record for Madeira
Vagrant birds for Easter 2008 in Madeira
The story of Matilde - a Madeiran-Storm Petrel
Wintering Roseate Terns in Funchal
Tufted duck - 2nd record for Madeira
Full Day Nature Tour in Madeira on the 10th of March 2007
Birdwatching and Seawatching Report, July 2006
Jon & Gill Epstein (UK) - Full-day birdwatching
17th March 2005
18th September 2004