THE PELAGIC TRIPS AT NORTH OF LANZAROTE ON 10 AND 11/IX/2011

by Juan Sagardía Pradera

 

 

On 10 and 11/IX, I arranged two pelagic trips to the North of Lanzarote.

A total of 26 birders enjoyed the trips, being some of them from the island and the most of the group coming from mainland Spain.

We travelled to about 60 miles to the North, and the trips were very productive, observing four new species for our list.

The bigger and astonishing surprises were: Black-bellied Storm Petrel (1 bird seen on 10/IX at 40 miles of Lanzarote, flying at 20 or 30 metres of the ship. This will be (if accepted) a FIRST FOR SPAIN.) and South Polar Skua (a total of 4 birds, watching 3 at about 57 miles of Lanzarote and a fourth at about 15 miles of the island. These birds will be (if accepted) the FIRST FOR SPAIN too).

The other first for our list were: Wilson´s Storm Petrel (a number of between 10 and 15 birds seen on 10/IX and 10 birds seen on 11/IX) and Long-tailed Skua (8 birds seen on 10/IX and 7 birds seen on 11/IX, first for Lanzarote).

Another highlights of the trips were: Great Shearwater (more the 50 birds seen both days), Manx Shearwater (10 birds on 10/IX and 15 birds on 11/IX), Sooty Shearwater (3 birds seen on 10/IX), Red Phalarope (1 bird seen each day), Pomarine Skua (1 bird seen on 10/IX and 3 birds seen on 11/IX), Arctic Tern (a number of between 15 and 20 birds seen on 10/IX and 13 birds seen on 11/IX) and Black Tern (2 birds on 10/IX and 1 bird on 11/IX).

Without any doubt a beautiful experience enjoyed by all the assistants.

I would like to thank Miguel Rouco for providing us his picture of Black-bellied Storm Petrel.

      

SPECIES

NUMBERS OF

BIRDS

 

10/IX/2011

11/IX/2011

Calonectris borealis

>100

>100

Puffinus gravis

>50

>50

Puffinus puffinus

10

15

Puffinus griseus

3

-

Bulweria bulwerii

>100

50

Hydrobates pelagicus

2

1

Oceanites oceanicus

10-15

10

Oceanodroma castro

25-30

15-20

Pelagodroma marina

5

5

Fregetta tropica

1

-

Falco eleonorae

1

-

Phalaropus fulicarius

1

1

Stercorarius maccormicki

-

4

Stercorarius pomarinus

1

3

Stercorarius longicaudus

8

7

Sterna paradisea

15-20

13

Sterna hirundo

7

6

Chlidonias niger

2

1

              FIRST FOR SPAIN   ■ SPANISH RARITY   ■ RARITY FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS

                                                         PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Great Shearwater-Puffinus gravis-Pardela capirotada

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Sooty Shearwater-Puffinus griseus-Pardela sombría

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Manx Shearwater-Puffinus puffinus-Pardela pichoneta

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Manx Shearwater-Puffinus puffinus-Pardela pichoneta

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

White-faced Storm Petrel-Pelagodroma marina-Paíño pechialbo

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

White-faced Storm Petrel and Madeiran Storm Petrel-Pelagodroma marina and Oceanodroma castro-Paíño pechialbo y Paíño de Madeira

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Black-bellied Storm Petrel-Fregatta tropica-Paíño ventrinegro

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo courtesy of Miguel Rouco

 

European Storm Petrel-Hydrobates pelagicus-Paíño común

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Wilson´s Storm Petrel-Oceanites oceanicus-Paíño de Wilson

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Wilson´s Storm Petrel-Oceanites oceanicus-Paíño de Wilson

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Wilson´s Storm Petrel-Oceanites oceanicus-Paíño de Wilson

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Madeiran Storm Petrel-Oceanodroma castro-Paíño de Madeira

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Madeiran Storm Petrel-Oceanodroma castro-Paíño de Madeira

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo pomarino

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo pomarino

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo pomarino

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-tailed Skua-Stercorarius longicaudus-Págalo rabero

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-tailed Skua-Stercorarius longicaudus-Págalo rabero

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-tailed Skua-Stercorarius longicaudus-Págalo rabero

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-tailed Skua-Stercorarius longicaudus-Págalo rabero

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-tailed Skua-Stercorarius longicaudus-Págalo rabero

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

South Polar Skua-Stercorarius maccormicki-Págalo polar

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

South Polar Skua-Stercorarius maccormicki-Págalo polar

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

South Polar Skua-Stercorarius maccormicki-Págalo polar

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

South Polar Skua-Stercorarius maccormicki-Págalo polar

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

South Polar Skua-Stercorarius maccormicki-Págalo polar

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

South Polar Skua and Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius maccormicki and Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo polar y Págalo pomarino

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Common Tern-Sterna hirundo-Charrán común

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Arctic Tern-Sterna paradisea-Charrán ártico

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Arctic Tern-Sterna paradisea-Charrán ártico

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Arctic Tern-Sterna paradisea-Charrán ártico

Sea at North of Lanzarote. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

 

4 thoughts on “THE PELAGIC TRIPS AT NORTH OF LANZAROTE ON 10 AND 11/IX/2011

  1. Birdigmacaronesia.com
    Superb expedition to a very remote area in the N of the Canaries. Tony Marr started to move around remote areas in 1995, i.e. Salvages. Expeditions like this are always needed to improve the status of some of the migratory seabirds through Macaronesia. Congratulations to the organizers!!!

    Eduardo Garcia-del-Rey

    http://www.birdingmacaronesia.com

  2. Migrants on Lanzarote
    Hi –

    Wow – if only I had known about your pelagic trips before my very last minute trip 9-15 Sept!

    A few reports in case any are of interest – 1 Reed Warbler Punta Mujeres 12-13. 5 Barn Swallows near Mirador el Rio13 Sept. 1 Bulwer's Petrel (and 100+ Cory's) in 30 mins off Punta Mujeres 12 Sept.

    Also was wondering what seabird was nesting on top off the 'red mountain' next to 'Playa das Conchlas' on La Graciosa – lots of burrows that appeared to be in use based on droppings and dropped feathers that I couldn't ID.

    Loved the island

    Cheers

    Chris

  3. Untitled Comment
    Thanks for your comment and for the information.

    Is good that people who visit the island put in our blog their observations in comments like yours.

    The editors

Leave a Reply