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Fuerteventura mid-January 2014

  • 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.

Fuerteventura 20th-27th February 2013

  • 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.

Fuerteventura Feb 3rd - March 3rd, 2010

  • 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.
Red-billed Tropicbird

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)

Fuerteventura 17th February to 3rd March 2009

  • 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 2nd March to 9th March 2008

  • 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.

Fuerteventura January 2007

  • 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.

Fuerteventura 01/11/2006-08/11/2006

  • 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.

Fuerteventura 14th-28th Nov 2006 - list from Alec Cheney

Fuerteventura 7th - 14th September 2006

  • 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 thin.  Getting 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

Fuerteventura, 6th-13th March 2006

  • 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 Vermeulen reports

Fuerteventura February 2006 

  • 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 Feb 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...Stephen Dunstan reports. 

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands 12th to 26th April 2005-05-03

  • 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

Fuerteventura 2-9th March 2005

  • 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 reports.

Fuerteventura January 2005

  • 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.

Fuerteventura 16th-23st May 2004

  • 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 Cornish reports

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote 15th April 22th April 2004

  • 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.

Birding Fuerteventura 5th to 19th Nov 2003

  • 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


Fuerteventura 15th - 22nd April 2003

  • 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 Dec-Jan 02-03

  • 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 desert island.

 

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Some Useful bird books for The Canary Islands:
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Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde
Tony Clarke: Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  • Long awaited. This excellent guide is the first to deal exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Macaronesia which comprises the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. This has to be the field guide of choice for anyone visiting the islands. The status notes on all the birds are particulary welcome.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

And some useful travel books:

The Mini Rough Guide to Tenerife
Christian Williams: Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  • Great to see at last a book that shows the real Tenerife. Must sees that the books backs up are Teide & Gomera. Can't wait to explore the Northern island on my next trip! Hope the fact that a book exists about the island will be enough to make people view this as a possible holiday destination.

AA Essential Lanzarote & Fuerteventura
Andrew Sanger: Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  • One of the best guides available. It is very user friendly with easy to use codes which covers just about everything you may need to know. Descriptions of places and attractions is brief but to the point, the only thing which could be improved would be the map as it not very accurate for driving purposes. Overall excellent guide with general information to interest all.

Nelles Travel Pack: Fuerteventura
Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  • Nelles travel packs offer a guidebook and a full-size pull-out map in one. This pack provides travel information for anyone visiting Fuerteventura, featuring up-to-the-minute travel data.

 

Lonely Planet: Canary Islands
Miles Roddis: Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  • This guide book covers all seven Canary Islands and provides information on how to hop from one to the other. It covers activities from surfing to cycling, provides details of the fiesta and ferias held in the region, and offers information on traditional crafts and indigenous architecture.

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Tripreport from Lanzarote january 2001, and one day at Fuerteventura.


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