Thursday, February 03, 2022

Four weeks on Fuerteventura

The full list of birds seen during our four week stay on the island. Had a car for 3 days, which only added the species in italics but got us to some interesting places.

55 species of bird seen in the four weeks. All but 5 (in italics) seen without the use of a vehicle. Lifers in bold.

PNC = Parque Natural de Corralejo
PTC = Punta de Tivas, Corralejo
GPC = Grandes Playa, Corralejo
WPC = Water Park, Corralejo
VBC = Volcano de Bayuyo, Corralejo
ELM = Embalse de los Molinos
BRC = Barranco del Rio Cabras
BET = Betancuria
FDT = Faro De Toston, El Cotillo

Ruddy Shelduck 25 at ELM, 21/1; 4 at ERC, 23/1. 2 south past GPC, 1/2
Barbary Partridge Seen 3 times at PNC (up to 10); 7 at El Cotillo, 22 Jan; 2 at Cueva del LLano, 23/1
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove Common
Black-bellied Sandgrouse 3 over road at Tao near ELM, 21/1; heard in PNC, 28/1
Houbara Bustard 4 sightings of up to 3 birds in PNC
Plain Swift Occasional in Corralejo. Usually <4 but 10 on 27/1 after none for 17 days
Stone-curlew 2 at FDT, 23/1; 2 Tindaya Plains, 24/1; 2 at PNC; 1/2
Black-winged Stilt 4 at BRC, 23/1
Grey Plover Up to 9 at PTC
Kentish Plover Up to 15 at PTC
Common Ringed Plover Up to 65 at PTC
Little Ringed Plover 2 at ELM, 21/1; 1 at BRC, 23/1
Whimbrel Common along rocky shore. Up to 15 at PTC; also at GPC
Bar-tailed Godwit 3-4 at PTC from 11-16/1
Ruddy Turnstone Corralejo. Max 24 on 7/1
Sanderling Corralejo. Max 21 on 7/1
Dunlin 2-3 seen on three dates at PTC
Common Sandpiper Common along rocky shore; peak count 5
Green Sandpiper 1 at BRC on 23/1
Common Greenshank 1 at ELM on 21/1
Cream-coloured Courser 5 at the north end of PNC on 28/1
Ring-billed Gull First-winter from 18/1-3/2 at Playa Corralejo
Yellow-legged Gull Common
Sandwich Tern Regular around Corralejo; max 7
Northern Gannet 2 south at GPC on 20/1
Grey Heron Singles at Corralejo 11/1 & 21/1, BET on 21/1 and BRC on 23/1
Little Egret Up to 3 at Corralejo
Cattle Egret Up to 6 at WPC and 2 at El Charco de Bristol, Corralejo
Black-crowned Night-Heron 12 circled WPC early on 3/2
Glossy Ibis 1 flew south over Corralejo on 27/1
Eurasian Spoonbill 3 at PTC on 11/1; Dutch colour ringed bird "NAJA" on four dates
Egyptian Vulture 2 twice over PNC; up to 4 at VBC; 7 at Ajuy; 4 at BRC
Common Buzzard 1 at VBC on 9/1; 2 at BET on 21-22/1; 2 at ELM on 21/1; 2 at BRC on 23/1
Eurasian Hoopoe Occasional sightings many places; 3 at PNC on 13/1
Common Kestrel Infrequent. Pair in Corralejo; singles at BET and La Oliva
Barbary Falcon 1 over Corralejo on 9/1 and 2/3
Great Grey Shrike Common. Sometimes in gardens. Max 5 at PNC
Pied Crow 1 flew south over Corralejo 30/1
Common Raven Very common. Max 28 at PNC on 18/1
African Blue Tit Up to 4 at BET; 1 at BRC on 23/1
Mediterranean Short-toed Lark Common in PNC (max 37); also seen El Cotillo, BRC and Tindaya
Barn Swallow Present throughout but not daily. Max 20 on 14/1
Common House Martin On 8 dates. Max 10 on 10/1
Common Chiffchaff Singles in Corralejo and BET
Sardinian Warbler 3 at BET on 21-22/1; 1 Ajuy on 23/1
Spectacled Warbler Quite common around Corralejo, sometimes in town. Also at Cueva del Llano
Song Thrush Up to 4 in hotel grounds at GPC; 4 at BET on 21/1
Fuerteventura Stonechat Pairs at VBC and PNC; 1 at Ajuy on 23/1; 2 at ELM on 21/1; 1 at BRC on 23/1
Spanish Sparrow Fairly common in towns; max 25 at BET on 21/1
Pied Wagtail/White Wagtail 1 in Corralejo on 10/1; 3 at GPC on 20/1
Berthelot's Pipit Common in suitable habitat; max 14 at PNC on 13/1
Trumpeter Finch At VBC 6 on 11/1, 8 on 31/1; at PNC 30 on 13/1, 10 on 28/1; 30 at FDT on 23/1;
Common Linnet Seen at PNC, GPC and VBC; max 30 on 18/1
Atlantic Canary 2 at BET on 22/1

Other wildlife:

Barbary Ground Squirrel common and tame in places, esp. VBC and Ajuy
European Rabbit seen a few times in PNC and lots of signs
North African Hedgehog 2, deceased
Canarian Shrew presumed signs

Geranium Bronze
Plain Tiger
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Clouded Yellow
Large White
Small White
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Pink-barred Eublemma (Eublemma cochylioides)
Green Drab

Vagrant Emperor
Blue Emperor

Potter Wasp (Delta Dimidiatepenne)

Atlantic Lizard Gallotia atlantica

Barbary Ground Squirrel Atlantoxerus getulus

Barbary Partridge Alectoris Barbara

Bitter Apple Citrullus colocynthis

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

Eublemma cochylioides

Geranium Bronze Cacyreus marshalli

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor koenigi

Green Drab Ophiusa tirhaca

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina harterti

Mediterranean Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens

Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus

Delta dimidiatipenne (a Potter Wasp)

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia (Ringed "NAJA")

Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus

Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus

Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus