Visitant birds to Madeira in February 2019

Despite the very cold weather in Europe, Madeira is still above 15ºC as the easterly winds bring some of the warmth of the North of Africa. Lets see which species will follow these winds from North Africa to Madeira archipelago:

19 of February 2019 at Caniçal
3 Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
>20 Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
5 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

At Machico
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
11 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

16 of February 2019 at Ponta do Pargo
5 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
9 Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
>30 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

At São Vicente
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
5 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

12th of February 2019 at Baía d’Abra
37 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
8 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

7 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Little Egret Egretta garzetta

2 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

6th of February 2019 at Seixal
Atlantic puffin Fratercula arctica - the bird was found at the beach and despite our efforts to recover it, it died of the day after, possibly of exhaustion. This is an exceptional species to Madeira with less than 5 records on the last 50 years.

5th of February 2018 at São Vicente
3 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus

At Porto Moniz
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

At Ponta do Pargo
5 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

At Funchal
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

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