Le Mail, 26230 Grignan (France)
Very few birds ; like other small islands,
few species, but also few individuals. No sparrows on Madeira, no Collared
Doves ! Widespread species are rare: Canaries, Grey Wagtail, Plain Swift,
Blackbird, Yellow-legged Gull, Buzzard, Kestrel and Feral Pigeon. Others,
like Chaffinch, Berthelot's Pipit and Firecrest are common in right habitat.
At sea, there are always some Cory's Shearwater.
We stay in Royal Orchid, at Caniço di Baixo, just in
front the sea
September 16: From the Royal Orchid
I can see Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea (± 50), but
the first birds seen are 2 Plain Swifts Apus unicolor.
Some Yellow legged Gulls Larus michahellis atlantis, 1
young Common Tern Sterna hirundo and 1 Little Egret
Egretta garzetta. In the gardens, only some Canaries Serinus
canaria, and a female Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus.
- September 17: Start 7:30
a.m. to Ribeiro Frio by the road 103. First stop near the house of the Parque
Ecologico di Funchal (8:20 to 9 a.m): Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
madeirensis, Madeiran Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus madeirensis.
Second stop at the Balcoes levada, Just 5 min after
starting, I saw 3 TrocazPigeons Columba trocaz. Madeiran
Firecrest and Chaffinch are common.
Third stop (10h40 à 11h) at Pic d'Arieiro (1818
m): 4 Berthelot'sPipits Anthus bertheloti (2 in song), 1 Pallid
Swift Apus pallidus.
In the evening, walk in the residential area (17h
à 18h15), numerous Canaries, ± 20 Plain Swifts, 3 Kestrels.
At coast, some Yellow legged Gulls, 1 first year Sandwich Tern
and 3 Grey Wagtails.
And, everywhere, the same lizard.
September 18: walk near Santo
Antonio da Serra: Chaffinchs and Madeiran Firecrest abundant.
I saw also, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail,
Pied Flycatcher, Canaries. Two young Buzzards beg for food. Surprise !
5 TrocazPigeons are feeding on the ground.
Driving to Machico, ± 15 Plain Swifts.
Stop at the Machico beach and the Rio de Machico
mouth. There are Turnstones Arenaria interpres, Dunlins,
Sanderlings and Curlew Sandpiper Calidris alpina, alba
and ferruginea. There are also a first year American Harring Gull
Larus smithsonianus, 1 Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis,
Common Terns, Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus (2 first year),
Grey Wagtails, Goldfinches and Little Egret.
September 19: Funchal harbour
(7:30 to 8:45 a.m.): 13 Turnstones, 4 Common Sandpipers Actitis
hypoleucos, 5 Grey Wagtails, 7 Little Egrets, 1
Common Tern, 1 Sanderling, 1 Black-backed Gull graellsii
and hundreds (400 ?) Yellow legged Gulls and Feral Pigeons.
In the trees, ± 15 Canaries, and, in the sky, 4 Plain Swifts.
In the evening, from the room, numerous Cory's
Shearwater, and also 1 Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus.
September 20: I drive to Paul
da Serra and Porto Moniz. Some Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe
and also a first year Dotterel Charadrius morinellus, a rare
species in Madeira ! Berthelot's Pipits are abundant!
Stop at Fanal (between Paul da Serra and Ribeira
da Janela): 1 Woodcock Scolopax rusticola, always some Plain
Swifts,Grey Wagtails, Madeiran Firecrests and Robins.
In Porto Moniz, Blackcap are very numerous in the
September 21: Machico harbour (7:30/9a.m.):
there is a Common Terns roost on the small boats (22 birds) and 2
Sandwich Terns. In the river, I saw 8 Red Avadavats Amandava
September 22: back to Pico do
Arieiro (8 a.m.), the fog is here and no birds are visible but some
tame Berthelot's Pipits
Walk to Faja da Nogueira (10:15/11:30 a.m.). Very
good for Trocaz Pigeon (14 birds seen).
Between Faja Grande de Baixo and Faial, numerous
Late evening from the room, numerous Cory's Shearwaters,
1 Mediterranean Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus (not common
here) and 9 Manx Shearwaters.
September 23: entire day at room !
± 15 Plain Swifts and 1 Common Swift Apus apus.
September 24: Entire day on Porto
Santo island. Crossing with the Lobo Marinho (8:10/10:20 a.m.). Three Shearwater
species seen. 184 Cory's, 11 Manx and 3 Little Puffinus
assimilis. Some tens of Yellow legged Gulls. On Porto Santo,
the Tanque dam (near the airport) is very good: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper
Calidris melanotos, some Sanderlings and Dunlins,
1 Ruff Philomachus pugnax, 1 Ringed Plover Charadrius
hiaticula, Coots Fulica atra, Moorhens Gallinula
chloropus, 1 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus, Black-headed
and at least 50 Yellow legged Gulls. Very good sighting of 1
Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides attempting to catch FeralPigeons.
At other places, numerous Berthelot's Pipits,
1 Wheatear leucorrhoa, 2 Rock Sparrows Petronia
petronia, 2 Spectacled Warblers Sylvia conspicillata and
some Hoopoes Upupa epops.
September 25: back to the Rio Machico
mouth: 1 Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa, 1 Little Stint
Calidris minuta, 1 Coot and 1 Ruff. In the big
trees near the beach, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron and 5
Cattle Egrets Bubulcus ibis.
September 26: back to Paul da
Serra (9/11:30 a.m.) Only the usual species.
September 27: (3:30 a.m.), sounds in
the salon. I am a little frightened ! We usualy sleep with open windows.
Perhaps a robber ? I get up. and found . a Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria
Back to Machico: in the river, there 2 ou 3 Red
Avadavats and also at least 15 Common Waxbills Estrilda astrild.
September 28: short walk along the Levada
do Norte, above Campanàrio (6), 8:40/10:20 a.m. Nothing interesting but
very numerous Blackbirds, Robins and Blackcaps.