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The Following Reports are available from Tenerife, Canary islands:
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Tenerife 25th September - 2nd October 2012

  • This trip was planned around seeing the resident Tenerife, Canary Island and Macronesian endemic bird species on the island of Tenerife, together with endemic sub-species and other resident birds...Stewart Betts and Chris Small report.

Tenerife 9th-23rd October 2009

  • At least 50 Canaries flocked around the farmland and 2 Tenerife Kinglets, African Blue Tits and numerous CI Chiffchaffs inhabited the vegetation at the viewpoint. Buzzard and Kestrels were also seen....Bob Marchant reports.

Tenerife 27 September- 4 October 2006.

  • Next day went up to Mount Teide and the Las Lajas picnic site, arriving at about 1000. Next to the rangers hut, there is a tiny man-made pond at the base of a pine, sitting on the stoop outside the hut spent the next 20 mins with bins full of Blue Chaffinch...Grahame Thompson reports.

Berthelots pipit

Tenerife 4 - 17 February 2006

  • It’s February so it must be Tenerife. The draw of Blue Chaffinch, Canary, Berthelot’s Pipit, African Blue Tit and Plain Swift, together with warm weather was too much for us...Alan Miller reports

Tenerife 28 October - 4 Nov

  • We eventually managed to book a week in Tenerife. Out of a limited choice this seemed the best option for everyone. Six endemics and a few more endemic sub species that are possible future splits so therefore maybe a few lifers in the offing...Steve Baines reports.

Tenerife 14th - 21st October 2005

  • This report gives details of the birds seen and the sites visited during a week’s holiday in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of Tenerife...Bob Swann reports.
Blue Chaffinch

Tenerife 19th March - 2 April 2005

  • I had an early morning visit to Las Lajas, almost no other people were present, all birds were very easy to see and in good numbers. The Blue Chaffinch love to drink from the dripping taps. However, no sign of Tenerife Kinglet....John Girdley reports.

Tenerife 19. - 26. December 2004

  • The trip to Tenerife was mostly a holiday, but there was also some birdwatching most days. Below you will see a full list for all the birds we saw, with the maximum number for the trip and some other details, so I will just mention a few sites of importance....Ola Nordsteien and Trine Irene Martinsen report.

Tenerife 30 January – 26 February 2004

  • Anne and I decided to have a month in the warm during the UK's winter and chose Tenerife. Whilst there we hired a car for a week to visit birding sites to the north and centre of the island, and at all times (during the day) we had our binoculars with us....Alan Miller reports.

Tenerife endemics 14-21 Nov '03

  • The week was generally very successful bird-wise, the only notable dip being a non-endemic species, Barbary Falcon. I also found two island rarities and managed to catch up with all the known vagrants present on the island. The pace of the week was fairly relaxed as the special birds were mostly easy to find....Dominic Le Croissette reports

Wild Canaries, Tenerife and La Gomera October 2003

  • We woke up on Tenerife with a dawn chorus of Chiffchaffs, the Canary Island species, which does not sing "chiff-chaff" at all. After breakfast, we explored an arid rocky landscape of xerophytic scrub, where the tall cacti, sprouting like candelabras, are favourite perches for numerous Kestrels....Chris Hall reports

Tenerife 2nd – 9th May 2003

  • First trip was up the winding road from Los Cristianos to Las Lajas picnic site in the pine forest. There was no problem spotting Blue Chaffinches almost immediately. They were hopping around the few vacant picnic tables (it was a Saturday and busy with locals), followed by Canary, Great Spotted Woodpecker....Chris Stamp reports

Tenerife Specialities 23rd - 28th February 2002

  • We headed upwards towards Mount Teide. We stopped at the last viewpoint before leaving the forest and were rewarded with not only Blue Chaffinch ten feet away, but in a bush across the road at eye-level we had stunning views of Tenerife Goldcrest. We carried on to the restaurant at El Portillo for refreshment. As we sipped our coffee we had Canaries and Blue Chaffinches coming down from the trees to feed at the next table!...Alan Miller reports.

Show me the way to Amarilla, Tenerife Oct/Nov 2001

  • I looked up at the clear blue sky, and at last, there was a small flock of Plain Swifts. There were fifteen in all; smaller and greyer than our Swifts and with deeply notched tails. I had just about given up on this species, for although the guidebook said they were resident year round, I hadn't seen them anywhere. Whilst we were watching the swifts we also saw a Blue Tit, two Canaries, a Canary Islands Chiffchaff, a Canary Islands Lizard (Gallotia galloti) and a Canary Blue butterfly (Cyclyrius webbianus), in the adjacent allotments...Mike King reports

Tenerife    14th August to 21st August 1998

  • Four of the five Canary Island endemics, as well as Plain Swift, Berthelot's Pipit and Island Canary, occur on Tenerife. We did not try to see the desert species, because I had already seen these birds on my trips to North Africa and Israel. The visit was mostly a holiday for swimming and sun, but we managed to see all the birds I had hoped for....Jan Vermeulen reports

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Some Useful bird books for Tenerife:
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Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde
Tony Clarke: Buy from or

  • 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.

Flight Identification of European Seabirds
Anders Blomdahl, Bertil Breife & Niklas Holström: Buy from or

  • This book is set to become the dedicated sea-watchers bible. Flight photography is very difficult, especially for seabirds and yet this volume contains over 650 generally superb shots, each carefully annotated to pick out the key identification features. Just about every seabird that has ever occurred in European waters has been included. (making this book equally valuable to birders on the East coast of America.) The authors are experts in their feild and they have included a weath of new information.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • 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.

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The Mini Rough Guide to Tenerife
Christian Williams: Buy from or

  • 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 or

  • 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
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  • 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 or

  • 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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