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Old Tuesday 29th January 2019, 23:12   #1
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Birding In Madeira

I'm on holiday this week in Funchal in Madeira. Today went Birding on a morning group tour run by Wind Birds. They were excellent and saw lots of great birds for a half days Birding. I saw Trocaz Pigeon, Blackcap, Firecrest, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Spectacled Warbler, Swift, Kestrel, Berthelot’s Pipit, Egret, Turnstones, Waxbill, Muscovy Duck & Canary.
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I'm on holiday this wweek in Funchal in Madeira. Today went Birding on a morning group tour run by Wind Birds. They were excellent and saw lots of great bids for a half days Birding. I saw Trocaz Pigeon, Blackcap, Firecrest, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Spectacled Warbler, Swift, Kestrel, Berthelot’s Pipit, Egret, Turnstones, Waxbill, Muscovy Duck & Canary.
Very nice birding over there.
Firecrest must have been the endemic Madeiran Firecrest? Note that Firest is a very rare vagrant to Madeira (on current knowledge), with only 1 record known to the archipelago (March 2012).
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Good stuff Euan, please keep it coming! Looking for a venue for a birthday trip this time next year and Madeira is in the mix! Will you be doing a trip report?

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I really enjoyed watching the kestrels there - not sure if they do it at this time of the year, but when I've been there in June and July, observing from up on the steep slopes, you could often see them energetically mobbing buzzards. Climbing hard with the aid of the strong updrafts, and stooping repeatedly - some great flying.
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