- Highlighted bird-wise by eight, probably nine Yellow-browed Warblers, 5 Houbara in quick succession and seasonally unexpected close, prolonged views of Plain Swift on the final day....Pete Marsh reports.
- Trumpeter Finch was a long overdue ‘world tick’ along with Berthelot’s Pipits. Lesser Short-toed Lark, Spanish Sparrow, Spectacled Warbler and Southern Grey Shrike kick-started what were to be ubiquitous birds during the week...Pete Marsh reports.
- The island was full of surprises, almost on a daily basis, with oddities such as 5 grey herons on a cliff top south of Morro Jable, 4 Sacred Ibis and 2 Grey Crowned Cranes...Michael Newhouse reports.
News: A single Red-billed Tropicbird, (Full report) Phaethon aethereus, was found late afternoon at Caleta de Fuste, Fueteventura, on 18th March 2009. This, or a similar inpidual, was seen again at the same location late morning on 23rd March 2009. Late afternoon the same day, two (pictured) were seen flying together around the small headland at the northern edge of Caleta de Fuste...sighted by Perry Hampson. (There have been about 20 records in the Canaries since 1987 - source: Birds of the Atlantic Islands - Tony Clark)
- A fantastic two-week trip to Fuerteventura, managing to catch up with all but one of the key bird species and do some important research in the process...Tristan Norton reports
Fuerteventura bird and butterfly report
- Cory’s Shearwaters were regularly seen offshore, especially from mid afternoon to evening and a good place to watch them was on the point just to the north of the resort. The resort area was the best place to watch butterflies with African Migrant (Catopsilia florella) seen regularly around the front of Puerto Caleta....Stuart Fisher reports.
- Having discovered the Canaries
in December 2005 (a week in Tenerife) we were bitten by the mid-winter-birding-in-the-sunshine
bug so decided to try Fuerteventura, where we expected to see more
species than the 32 we saw in Tenerife but, maybe, less lifers
(9 in Tenerife)....Dawn & Malc Roberts report.
- There were also
several (Northern) Wheatears
on the plain, flitting from rock to rock. I then stumbled
across the wadi and almost immediately as I entered, I disturbed
a male Black-bellied Sandgrouse...Andy Millar reports.
list from Alec Cheney
- Being very familiar with
the common raven coming from Snowdonia these had a different
croak, getting out the scope I noticed the beak was very
the field guide out noticing the tail was the same length
as the primaries these two birds must have been brown necked
raven....Gareth Jones Reports
- Our aim was to see Canary
Islands Stonechat and Houbara Bustard. In 1982 I had seen the
bustard in the Negev Desert in Israel, but the race macqueenii of
Houbara Bustard is recently raised to species level: Macqueen’s
Bustard, Chlamydotis macqueenii...Jan
- This trip was a mixture of birding and family sightseeing. Given
restrictions on time in the field the target was to see the Chat,
the Bustard and a minimum of 50 species whilst accepting a few
island specialties might be missed. This was achieved,
and the finding of a Spanish national rarity added greatly to
the bonhomie of an already good week...Stephen Dunstan reports
More on Fuerteventura
- 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...Stephen Dunstan reports.
- In many places from the beach to the
wilds there were trumpeter finches and Berthelot's pipits.
In the more remote places lesser short-toed larks were common.
Spanish sparrows and collared doves very common in all resorts
and urban places.....Jeff Butcher reports
- In the distance you will see a disused farm
shell, make this your base for scanning for Houbaras, a favoured
spot seems to be the disused raised cultivations to the south
east of the farm. Also present in this area were Black bellied
Sandgrouse, Cream Coloured Coursers, [6+] several pairs of Barbary
Partridge and Spectacled Warbler...Chris Knox
- The Gorriones beach is superb - just miles
and miles of sand for birding/walking/jogging. Wonderful views
of Slender-billed gull. Lots of naturists - care with binoculars!.....David
and Annette Tomlinson report.
- I found many good birds immediately in the
desert around the resort of Cateles de Fustes. The golf course
here held Berthelot's Pipits, Souhern Grey Shrikes, a family of
Kentish plovers and Hoopes all down to a few metres....Mark
Fuerteventura and Lanzarote
- A short trip to Fuertaventura and one day
to Lanzarote with my girlfriend to go birdwatching and get some
rest. Because I needed till the very last day to see Cream-coloured
Courser, I actually didn't get much rest. Birdwatching - on my
own - was more difficult than I expected, especially when it was
windy ....Bas Lagerveld reports.
- Anne and I travelled to the Canarian
Island of Fuerteventura for two weeks birding, sight-seeing
and sun. This report chronicles the former, however it must
be said that there were few occasions when we didn't have
our bins to hand. The attraction to Fuerteventura was the
prospect of the endemic Chat and other specialist species
found on the island...Alan Miller reports
- We arrived at midday, and on the hours
drive south through the island, we saw 'atlantis'
Yellow-legged Gulls and a Southern Grey Shrike on the wires
by the side of the FV2, just past Costa Calma. In the hotel
grounds, we had a male Spanish Sparrow permanently chirping
outside the balcony, but the bird was the commonest bird
seen on the island...Nick Smith reports
New Year on Fuerteventura
- Sooner or later every birder needing to complete
their Western Palaearctic list has to visit Fuerteventura to see
the Canary Islands Chat, which occurs nowhere else on earth! Arriving
on 29th December 2002, we discovered a whole lot more on this
Lots of pre 2003 reports from Fuerteventura