Fuerteventura, 15th-22nd February 2014

Published by Anders Hangaard (Andersth AT gmail.com)

Participants: Anders Hangaard, Eskil Hangaard


Photos with this report (click to enlarge)

Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler

A nice window from work in winter with my ten-year-old son Eskil, who bacame a valuable spotter on the narrow tarmac roads of Fuerteventura. Thanks to Terje Axelsen for once again lending me his copy of "A Birdwatchers' Guide to The Canary Islands" by Tony Clark and David Collins. I also brought my GPS and several recent trip reports to make sure that all needed species of birds would be securely ticked off. Apart from being a tourist-trap badly infested by Brits and Germans (however not as bad as Tenerife, which I visited last year), this desolate island in the Atlantic ocean certainly produced many brilliant birds, thank you very much.


For me and my son from Oslo with Norwegian 9800 NOK away trip including one luggage. Eastern Norway suffered from a nasty blizzard on the morning of our departure and we barely reached our flight due to a horrible car-accident right in front of us, sending four people to hospital.

Car hire

Used Budget which was via Avis kiosk. Had to wait half an hour in a queue, which was a bit frustrating since it cost us the last half-an-hour of daylight on Day 1.Payed 1090 NOK including insurance for a VW Polo Turbo


Booked accommodation via hotels.com in Costa de Antigua, namely Apartamentos Globales Costa Tropical for 1600 NOK. It proved ideal geographically, a short drive to all localities and excellent sea-watch every evening, even though we stayed on the 1st floor. It would definitely had been better on the 2nd floor, which is the top floor, but I didnt bother to try to change the room. The hotel was full of noisy Brits, but they at least had the decency to be quiet after 11 PM. Thanks!

Food & drink

Take away pizza from the hotel with Paulaner and Fanta Lemon became the daily habit. Also ate grilled octopus in Betancuria, king prawns in La Oliva and döner kebab in Puerto Rosario.


DAY ONE (15th Feb)- Costa de Antigua

Picked up our car and shopped at Mercadona and it was dark

DAY TWO (16th Feb)- Casas de la Salinas

Got there before the salt museum opened, so there were a few birds around

Barranco de la Torre

Parked just south of the bridge and took a long walk all the way through the barranco

DAY THREE (17th Feb) - El Cotillo and La Oliva

Found the track south from El Cotillo and went on from there.

DAY FOUR (18th Feb) - Los Molinos, Betancuria and Vega de Rio Palmas

Highlight of the trip. Lots of birds and butterflies.

DAY FIVE (19th Feb) - Jandia, Pajara

Found a Yellow-browed Warbler: a long way from home, indeed.

DAY SIX (20th Feb)- Costa de Antigua

Chilling out and playing football. A short trip to Caleta de Fuste and La Oliva

DAY SEVEN (26th Feb) - Costa de Antigua, Puerto Rosario

Shopping, chilling out and playing football before flying home.

Species Lists

AVES: (Species seen on more than two occasions are not mentioned furtherly)

Black-necked Grebe - 1 at Los Molinos on 18th

Cory’s Shearwater - max 90 off Costa de Antigua on 16th

Little Shearwater - 2+1 on 16th and 1 on 18th (video) off Costa de Antigua:

Gannet - max 240 off Costa de Antigua on 16th

Great Skua - 1 off Costa de Antigua on 18th

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Ruddy Shelduck

Egyptian Vulture

Common Buzzard


Barbary Falcon - 2 Vega de Rio Palmas on 18th

Barbary Partridge

Coot - A non-breeding assemblage at Molinos

Houbara Bustard - 3 El Cotillo on 16th and 1 La Oliva on 20th

Black-winged Stilt - Up to 30 Los Molinos

Cream-coloured Courser - 2 El Cotillo on 16th and 2 Jandia on 19th

Little Ringed Plover - Up to 4 Molinos

Grey Plover

Ringed Plover

Kentish Plover



Wood Sandpiper - 1 at Los Molinos

Green Sandpiper - 1 at Los Molinos

Common Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank - 1 at Los Molinos

Greenshank - Up to 3 at Molinos


Yellow-legged Gull - Daily in reasonable numbers bearing in mind I was very sparing with coastal visits

Lesser Black-backed Gull - max 25 at Puerto del Rosario on 22nd

Kittiwake - 2 off Costa de Antigua on 16th

Sandwich Tern - max 90 off Costa de Antigua at 16th

Black-bellied Sandgrouse - 9 at Los Molinos

Feral Pigeon

Collared Dove

Turtle Dove

Pallid Swift

Plain Swift - 5 at the airport


Lesser Short-toed Lark

Berthelot’s Pipit

White Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

House Martin


Fuerteventura Chat - Up to 10 seen

Song Thrush


Sardinian Warbler

Spectacled Warbler


Willow Warbler - 1 at Los Molinos

Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 at Pajara on 19th

Ultramarine Tit

Southern Grey Shrike


Starling - 1 at Los Molinos

Spanish Sparrow





Trumpeter Finch


Red-vented Bulbul - 2 at Lajara


Greenish Black-tip
Green-striped White
Small White
African Migrant
Painted Lady
Clouded Yellow
Geranium Bronze
Spoladea recurvalis