4 NOVEMBER 2011 FUERTEVENTURA REPORT

by Juan Sagardía Pradera

 

On 04/XI I made a one day trip to Fuerteventura, visitng some of the most important freshwater places of the island.

About rarities, 1 Blue-winged Teal was seen at Rosa de Catalina García, where 1 Water Pipit was seen too.

About scarce migrants, 3 Eurasian Wigeons were seen at Los Molinos reservoir, 6 Teals where seen at Los Molinos, 4 birds at Caleta de Fuste golf course and 1 bird at Rosa de Catalina García, 1 Northern Pintail was at Los Molinos and another bird was seen at Rosa de Catalina García, 1 Northern Shoveler was seen at Caleta de Fuste golf course, some Leach´s Storm Petrels were seen near Corralejo, detecting 2 birds inside the port and 1 Spotted Redshank was present at Rosa de Catalina García where 2 Ruffs, 3 Common Snipes and Curlew Sandpipers and Little Stints were seen too.

About breeding birds, good numbers of Black-bellied Sandgrouses were observed at Rosa de Catalina García, where Fuerteventura Stonechats were seen well too.

 

Eurasian Wigeon-Anas penelope-Silbón europeo

Los Molinos. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Teal-Anas crecca-Cerceta común

Caleta de Fuste golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Teal-Anas crecca-Cerceta común

Caleta de Fuste golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Teal-Anas crecca-Cerceta común

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Teal and Blue-winged Teal-Anas crecca and Anas discors-Cerceta común y Cerceta aliazul

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Teal and Blue-winged Teal-Anas crecca and Anas discors-Cerceta común y Cerceta aliazul

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Blue-winged Teal-Anas discors-Cerceta aliazul

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Blue-winged Teal-Anas discors-Cerceta aliazul

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

 Blue-winged Teal-Anas discors-Cerceta aliazul

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Northern Pintail-Anas acuta-Ánade rabudo

Los Molinos. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Northern Shoveler-Anas clypeata-Cuchara europeo

Caleta de Fuste golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Leach´s Storm Petrel-Oceanodroma leucorhoa-Paíño boreal

Corralejo. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Barbary Falcon-Falco pelegrinoides-Halcón tagarote

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Little Stint-Calidris minuta-Correlimos menudo

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Curlew Sandpiper-Calidris ferruginea-Correlimos zarapitín

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Ruff-Philomachus pugnax-Combatiente

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Spotted Redshank-Tringa erythropus-Archibebe oscuro

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Spotted Redshank-Tringa erythropus-Archibebe oscuro

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Black-bellied Sandgrouse-Pterocles orientalis-Ganga ortega

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Black-bellied Sandgrouse-Pterocles orientalis-Ganga ortega

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Black-bellied Sandgrouse-Pterocles orientalis-Ganga ortega

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Water Pipit-Anthus spinoletta-Bisbita alpino

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Water Pipit-Anthus spinoletta-Bisbita alpino

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Fuerteventura Stonechat-Saxicola dacotiae-Tarabilla canaria

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Fuerteventura Stonechat-Saxicola dacotiae-Tarabilla canaria

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Fuerteventura Stonechat-Saxicola dacotiae-Tarabilla canaria

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Fuerteventura Stonechat-Saxicola dacotiae-Tarabilla canaria

Rosa de Catalina García. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2011 LANZAROTE REPORT

by Francisco Javier García Vargas

 

 

On October 2011, no new species were added to our list.

About rarities, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers were seen at Janubio salt pans on 02/X (F. J. García Vargas), being the first time that three birds are present together at the same time on the same place.

1 Lesser Withethroat was detected by J. Sagardía in a private garden at Montaña Blanca on 08 and 09/X, being the second record for Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. Sadly, the observer could not take pictures of this very elusive bird.

Unprecedented numbers of Grasshopper Warblers were seen at Tías golf course: 1 bird on 04/X (F. J. García Vargas), up to 3 birds were observed on 07/X (F. J. García Vargas), 2 birds on 07/X (J. Sagardía), 1 bird on 10/X (F. J. García Vargas) and finally 1 bird on 14/X (J. Sagardía). Based on our observations of Grasshopper Warblers in Lanzarote in the last years, made in both spring and autumn migrations, we think that this species is a scarce but regular passage migrant instead a rarity like it has been treated until the present day.

1 Yellow-browed Warbler was seen near Teguise golf course on 31/X (J. Sagardía). A special entry about this bird can be seen here.

By last, 1 Ortolan Bunting was seen near Tabayesco on 10/X (J. Sagardía).

 

About scarce migrants, 3 Ruddy Shelducks were seen flying over Tías golf course in the morning of 24/X (F. J. García Vargas), 1 Great Shearwater was observed during a pelagic trip to the South of the island on 15/X (J. Sagardía, A. Unquiles Cobos), the Spotted Crake at Tías golf course was seen there again on 23 and 28/X (F. J. García Vargas), 1 Common Coot was seen at Tías golf course on 10/X, remaining there until November (J. Sagardía, F. J. García Vargas, A. Unquiles Cobos), 1 Black-tailed Godwit was present at Janubio on 24 and 28/X (F. J. García Vargas),  1 Ruff was observed at Janubio on 02/X (F. J. García Vargas) and 2 birds at Tías golf course on 07/X (F. J. García Vargas), remainig 1 of the birds until 10/X (F. J. García Vargas, J. Sagardía).

3 Pomarine Skuas were seen during a pelagic trip to the South of the island on 15/X (J. Sagardía, A. Unquiles Cobos) and a juvenile bird was seen roosting on a shore of Janubio salt lake on 24/X (F. J. García Vargas), 2 Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Janubio on 18/X (F. J. García Vargas), remaining 1 bird there on 24/X (F. J. García Vargas) and 4 Long-eared Owls were detected by J. Sagardía on 14/X in a place of Haría that for the moment we are going to keep confidential.

At least 3 of the birds were still at the same place on 16/X (J. Sagardía, F. J. García Vargas, A. Unquiles Cobos). We don’t know if these birds are only migrants or wintering birds arrived from the continent or if these are birds arrived from other island of the Canaries trying to establish in Lanzarote like happened in Fuerteventura in recent years. We will keep studying these birds, trying to know if they stay in Lanzarote during the breeding season and to confirm a breeding record for the island.

In a good season for Wrynecks, 1 bird was seen at Uga on 08/X (F. J. García Vargas), but 10/X was the Wryneck’s day in Lanzarote and J. Sagardía the lucky observer, with 4 birds in gardens at El Cable, 2 birds at Tías golf course and 1 bird at Montaña Blanca.

A little group of Sand Martins was seen at Puerto del Carmen on 01/X (F. J. García Vargas), the first 2 Red-throated Pipits of the season was detected at Tías golf course on 23/X (F. J. García Vargas), remaining there until November, Grey Wagtails have been present at Janubio and Tías golf course, 1 Whinchat was seen at Famara plains on 03/X (F. J. García Vargas), 2 birds were seen at Tías golf course on 04 (F. J. García Vargas), 07 (F. J. García Vargas, A. Unquiles Cobos) and 10/X (J. Sagardía) and a good number of birds were seen at El Bosquecillo on 10/X (J. Sagardía).

1 very secretive Sedge Warbler was seen at Tías golf course on 04/X (F. J. García Vargas), 1 Reed Warbler was seen in the farm at Famara plains on 03/X (F. J. García Vargas) and 2 birds at Tías golf course on 04/X (F. J. García Vargas), 

OCTOBER 2011 COMPLETE LIST

Ruddy Shelduck

Barbary Partridge

Cory´s Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Cattle Egret

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Common Kestrel

Eleonora´s Falcon

Barbary Falcon

Spotted Crake

Coot

 Coot-Fulica atra-Focha común

         Tías golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

Houbara Bustard

Black-winged Stilt

Stone-curlew

Cream-coloured Courser

Ringed Plover

Kentish Plover

Grey Plover

Sanderling

Little Stint

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper-Calidris melanotos-Correlimos pectoral

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Pectoral Sandpiper-Calidris melanotos-Correlimos pectoral

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Pectoral Sandpiper-Calidris melanotos-Correlimos pectoral

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin

Ruff

Black-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

Whimbrel

Redshank

Greenshank

Common Sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone

Pomarine Skua

Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo pomarino

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo pomarino

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Pomarine Skua-Stercorarius pomarinus-Págalo pomarino

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull-Larus melanocephalus-Gaviota cabecinegra

Janubio salt pans. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Yellow-legged Gull

Sandwich Tern

Eurasian Collared Dove

Laughing Dove

Ring-necked Parakeet

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl-Asio otus-Búho chico

Haría. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-eared Owl-Asio otus-Búho chico

Haría. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Long-eared Owl-Asio otus-Búho chico

Haría. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Long-eared Owl-Asio otus-Búho chico

Haría. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Plain Swift

Hoopoe

Wryneck

Wryneck-Jynx torquilla-Torcecuello

Uga. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Wryneck-Jynx torquilla-Torcecuello

El Cable. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Lesser Short-toed Lark

Sand Martin

Sand Martin-Riparia riparia-Avión zapador

Tías golf course. Photo: A. Unquiles Cobos

 

Barn Swallow

Berthelot´s Pipit

Tree Pipit

Tree Pipit-Anthus trivialis-Bisbita arbóreo

Tías golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit-Anthus cervinus-Bisbita gorgirrojo

Tías golf course. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Red-throated Pipit-Anthus cervinus-Bisbita gorgirrojo

Tías golf course. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Yellow Wagtail

Grey-headed Wagtail-Motacilla (flava) thunbergi-Lavandera boyera escandinava

Famara plains. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Grey Wagtail

White Wagtail

European Robin

European Robin-Erithacus rubecula-Petirrojo europeo

Montaña Blanca. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Black Redstart

Common Redstart

Common Redstart-Phoenicurus phoenicurus-Colirrojo real

Montaña Blanca. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Whinchat

Whinchat-Saxicola rubetra-Tarabilla norteña

Tías golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Northern Wheatear

Song Thrush

Song Thrush-Turdus philomelos-Zorzal común

Montaña Blanca. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler-Locustella naevia-Buscarla pintoja

Tías golf course. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Grasshopper Warbler-Locustella naevia-Buscarla pintoja

Tías golf course. Photo: A. Unquiles Cobos

 

Grasshopper Warbler-Locustella naevia-Buscarla pintoja

Tías golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Grasshopper Warbler-Locustella naevia-Buscarla pintoja

Tías golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler-Acrocephalus schoenobaenus-Carricerín común

Tías golf course. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Sedge Warbler-Acrocephalus schoenobaenus-Carricerín común

Tías golf course. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Sedge Warbler-Acrocephalus schoenobaenus-Carricerín común

Tías golf course. Photo: F. J. García Vargas

 

Reed Warbler

Spectacled Warbler

Subalpine Warbler

Common Whitethroat

Common Whitethorat-Sylvia communis-Curruca zarcera

Teguise. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Lesser Whitethroat

Garden Warbler

Garden Warbler-Sylvia borin-Curruca mosquitera

Montaña Blanca. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Blackcap

Blackcap-Sylvia atricapilla-Curruca capirotada

Teguise. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Blackcap-Sylvia atricapilla-Curruca capirotada

Teguise. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Yellow-browed Warbler

Common Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher-Muscicapa striata-Papamoscas gris

Montaña Blanca. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher-Ficedula hypoleuca-Papamoscas cerrojillo

Montaña Blanca. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

African Blue Tit

African Blue Tit-Cyanistes teneriffae-Herrerillo africano

Haría. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Southern Grey Shrike

Common Starling

Common Starling-Sturnus vulgaris-Estornino pinto

Tías golf course. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Spanish Sparrow

Common Linnet

Trumpeter Finch

Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting-Emberiza hortulana-Escribano hortelano

Fuente de El Chafariz. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Ortolan Bunting-Emberiza hortulana-Escribano hortelano

Fuente de El Chafariz. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

 

 

THE YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER AT TEGUISE

by Juan Sagardía Pradera

 

 

On 31/X I detected a Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus in an area with bushes near Teguise golf course.

The bird was joined by a little group of Song Thrushes, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Common Withethroat and at least 4 Chiffchaffs.

I could hear the typical voice of the species and some pictures could be taken.

This is our fourth record of Yellow-browed Warbler for Lanzarote and details and pictures of the previous records can be seen here, here and here.

Yellow-browed Warbler-Phylloscopus inornatus-Mosquitero bilistado

Teguise. Photo: J. Sagardía

Yellow-browed Warbler-Phylloscopus inornatus-Mosquitero bilistado

Teguise. Photo: J. Sagardía

 

Yellow-browed Warbler-Phylloscopus inornatus-Mosquitero bilistado

Teguise. Photo: J. Sagardía