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More on Fuerteventura 2006,
This note is intended to summarise four trips to the island made by British birders in February 2006, including my own, to give a more rounded feel of sites to visit and the total number of species available than my trip report on its own. One of the other accounts, by Don Taylor, can be seen on the KentOS website. One is published by Maurice Jones in the newsletter of the Fylde Bird Club, the other was made available to me privately.
Only seen from a Lanzarote-Fuerteventura ferry crossing near dusk. Clearly on the early side for them.
Widespread, seen without much difficulty. Up to 14 at Catalina Garcia and regular at Embalse de los Molinos and around Corralejo etc.
Up to four west of Corralejo and two each at Embalse de los Molinos and Catalina Garcia.
Up to 16 at Catalina Garcia, and four on shore west of Corralejo.
Up to 20 at Embalse de los Molinos, two Catalina Garcia and two Barranco de la Torre.
Up to 22 Embalse de Los Molinos.
Up to 5 Embalse de Los Molinos
Long-staying female Catalina Garcia Reservoir.
Ring Necked Duck
Long-staying male Catalina Garcia Reservoir.
Reported from Barranco de la Torre, Betancuria, Las Penitas, Las Salinas and Embalse de los Molinos.
Local race birds seen over Los Lobos, Betancuria, Fimipaire Valley, La Oliva, Las Parcelas, Las Penitas and at the Embalse de los Molinos.
One seen over Catalina Garcia.
Seen at La Pared, Casas Los Molinos and Embalse de los Molinos.
Four in the Fimapaire Valley, one heard at Embalse de los Molinos.
Pair Catalina Garcia.
Up to 90 at Embalse de los Molinos, 40 at Catalina Garcia and two at Las Penitas.
Two seen at La Pared dunes on the outskirts of Costa Calma, singles north west of Tindaya, Embalse de los Molinos, north of Barranco de la Torre, north of La Oliva.
Cream Coloured Courser
Up to eight near Tindaya, six El Cotillo, unspecified numbers La Pared.
Seen El Cotillo and La Pared.
Little Ringed Plover
Up to five Embalse do los Molinos, four Catalina Garcia and one Las Salinas.
Up to 20 west of Corralejo, 10 near Faro de Toston and north to El Cotillo.
Up to 15 near Faro de Toston and north to El Cotillo lighthouse, three west of Corralejo and three Catalina Garcia.
Two on El Cotillo shore, singles west of Corralejo and Embalse de los Molinos.
One Catalina Garcia.
Up to three Catalina Garcia.
Up to four El Cotillo and two on the beach at Corralejo dunes.
Up to 15 Casas de las Salinas, also Corralejo harbour and the Embalse de los Molinos.
One at Embalse de los Molinos.
Up to two birds seen at Corralejo harbour, El Cotillo shore, Los Molinos shore and the saltpans south of Catalina de Fuste.
Three Catalina Garcia.
Three at the saltpans south of Catalina de Fuste, one on Los Lobos.
Up to six at Embalse de los Molinos and five at Catalina Garcia.
Up to six at Catalina Garcia and one at Las Salinas.
Up to ten west of Corralejo harbour, three at El Cotillo and one on Los Lobos.
One Las Salinas.
Up to 25 at Corralejo. Also seen at El Cotillo and the saltpans T Las Salinas.
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Up to 100 near La Caleta. Several seen for certain in gull flocks on Los Lobos.
One offshore near La Caleta.
Up to seven near La Oliva, five near Tindaya and unspecified numbers La Pared.
Particularly pure looking flocks at Las Penitas and Casas Los Molinos
Common and widespread.
Two Betancuria, one heard near Tefia.
Up to 60 Catalina Garcia, 50 Embalse de los Molinos.
Up to 12 Embalse de los Molinos, two Catalina Garcia and one Barrance de la Torre.
One Embalse de los Molinos.
Generally widespread other than in the Corralejo area, not seen on Los Lobos.
Up to 20 Jandia at Stella Canaris gardens, two La Lajita and one Las Penitas.
Two at Stella Canaris gardens, Jandia.
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Seen in large numbers at La Pared, smaller numbers off tracks at El Cotillo, near Tindaya, east of Los Molinos and east of La Lajares.
Up to two birds Embalse de los Molinos.
One feeding round the otter tank at Oasis Park zoo, Las Lajitas. One at a hotel complex in Corralejo.
Four pairs Fimapaire Valley, Three seen at Embalse de los Molinos, alspp recorded near Oliva.
One El Cotillo.
One in cultivations at Vega de Rio Palmas.
One near Betancuria
Seen from apartments in Corralejo, a number singing at Costa Calma.
Most seen at Las Penitas. Small numbers elsewhere.
Up to four Las Penitas Valley, one Catalina Garcia
Up to two seen around apartments in Corralejo. Also recorded Las Penitas Valley, La Oliva and Las Salinas.
One in the grounds of Oasis Park zoo, La Lajita.
Local race birds seen at Betancuria and at Las Penitas.
Southern Grey Shrike
Common at virtually all settlements.
Regular over apartment in Corralejo, several seen at El Cotillo and smaller numbers elsewhere.
One over Costa Calma, one in the Las Penitas Valley.
Seen at several sites, easiest at Embalse de los Molinos and between here and Los Molinos where 10-20 birds regular. Further south recorded from Barranco de la Torre.
One Betancuria – Las Penitas area.
So with good fortune 70 species could be attainable in a visit during the winter. Never take anything for granted though, there were clearly Swifts feeding in large numbers shortly before my visit but I didn’t see a single Swift at the reservoirs and had to rely on chance encounters elsewhere.
Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic
Islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde