by Francisco Javier García Vargas

On may 2007, four new species have been added to our personal island´s list: Gull-billed Tern (1 bird I saw at Arrecife on 20/V), European Roller (1 bird at Arrecife on 19, 21 and 22/V and 1 bird at Teguise golf course at least on 20/V, with birds at Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria too), Whinchat (many birds at Yaiza, Puerto del Carmen and Arrecife on 09 and 10/V) and Sedge Warbler (1 bird I saw at Arrecife on 13/V).

About another interesting migrants, Squacco Heron (1 bird I saw at Puerto del Carmen on 14/V), White Storks have been at Zonzamas rubbish dump, Tahiche and Arrecife all month and at least 7 birds have remained into June, presumed Eurasian Marsh Harrier (1 bird at Los Ancones on 22/V), Common Moorhen (1 bird at Arrecife on 1, 2, 4/V and 2 birds at Puerto del Carmen on 24 and 25/V), Red Knot (1 bird at Los Cocoteros salt pans on 02/V), Little Stint (1 bird in summer plumage at Los Cocoteros salt pans on 16/V), Common Snipe (1 bird at Teguise golf course on 16/V), Alpine Swift (1 bird at La Concha beach on 12/V) and the spectacular passage of migrating passerines that started on 09/V with the east weather with dust from Africa. It brought (apart many Whinchats and the Sedge Warbler): Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Common Nightingale (1 bird I saw at Puerto del carmen on 09/V), Common Redstart, Melodious Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (hundreds), Pied Flycatcher (including some males in summer plumage), Eurasian Golden Oriole (1 bird I saw at Puerto del Carmen on 15/V) and Woodchat Shrike (1 bird I saw at El Cable sands on 11/V).

About rarities, is interesting the adult male feldegg Yellow Wagtail seen by Juan Sagardía at Alegranza on 23 or 24/V, but no shots could be taken.

This trip to Alegranza, with a visit to the sea off the islet on 23/V, brought some interesting observations on seabirds like Little Shearwater or European Storm-petrel.

Another interesting observations on breeding birds was Egyptian Vulture (1 bird seen from Tahiche-Guatiza road on 02/V), the first Eleonora´s Falcons of the year, with birds at Teguise plains and Los Ancones, and Kentish Plover nesting at La Santa, Arrecife, Los Cocoteros and Janubio, and Black-winged Stilts nesting at Janubio.



Cory´s Shearwater

Little Shearwater

European Storm-petrel

European Storm-petrel. Sea off Alegranza. Photo: J. Sagardía


Squacco Heron

Cattle Egret

Little Egret

Grey Heron

White Stork

Egyptian Vulture

Eurasian Marsh Harrier

Common Kestrel

Eleonora´s Falcon

Barbary Falcon

Barbary Partridge

Common Moorhen

Houbara Bustard

Black-winged Stilt


Ringed Plover

Kentish Plover

Grey Plover

Red Knot


Little Stint

Curlew Sandpiper


Common Snipe

Bar-tailed Godwit


Common Redshank

Common Greenshank

Common Sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone

Yellow-legged Gull

Gull-billed Tern

Eurasian Collared Dove

European Turtle Dove

Laughing Dove

Plain Swift

Pallid Swift

Alpine Swift

European Roller

European Roller. Arrecife. Photo: J. Sagardía


European Roller. Arrecife. Photo: F. J. García Vargas


Lesser Short-toed Lark

Sand Martin

Barn Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

House Martin

Berthelot´s Pipit

Tree Pipit

Yellow Wagtail

Common Nightingale

Common Redstart


Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler. Arrecife. Photo: F. J. García Vargas


Sedge Warbler. Arrecife. Photo: F. J. García Vargas


Melodious Warbler

Spectacled Warbler

Common Whitethroat

Garden Warbler

Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler. Teguise Golf. Photo: F. J. García Vargas


Wood Warbler. Teguise Golf. Photo: F. J. García Vargas


Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher. El Cable-Arrecife. Photo: F. J. García Vargas


Eurasian Golden Oriole

Southern Grey Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Common Raven

Spanish Sparrow

European Goldfinch

Common Linnet

Trumpeter Finch


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