Sunday 21 October 2018

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A rest morning and then back to the Northern beaches.

Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis).
Ann, Bob and I decided to have a morning off but after checking in with Judy, Mike and Nick over on Lanzarote I headed to the Airport to ask a few questions about baggage for Lynda and to cancel her flight ticket.
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
I got back and spent the morning pottering around my room and in the gardens seeing Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Berthelots Pipit (Bisbita Caminero / Anthus berthelotii), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and an elusive Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus) which played hard to get. 
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops).
At one point I met Ann and Bob out there and we saw Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and a couple of African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna).
Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
At 13.30 we headed out to the North to the beaches of Majanicho where we again parked up on the beach and then had a walk out on to the rocky shoreline seeing Kentish (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Grey Plovers (Chorlito Gris / Pluviali squatarola), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
In the same area amongst the many rock pools in the lava flows we saw several Vagrant Emperors (Emperatriz emigrante / Anax ephippiger) and Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) with some females egg laying in the saline pools.
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
We drove up to the port but checked the beach nearby again seeing Yellow-legged Gulls, Little Egrets, Ruddy Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin and Ringed Plover.
Berthelots Pipit (Bisbita Caminero / Anthus berthelotii).
Next we drove to the entrance of the port where we parked and then had a drink before Ann and Bob went into the port area for a walk and I did a short sea watch but only picked up a few more Cory's Shearwaters (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea) and a Common Sandpiper.
Common Redstart (Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus).
We met Judy, Mike and Nick and after getting an up date on Lynda's condition we headed back around the coast to the beach at Majanicho but when we arrived we could see the tide was quite a bit lower, this meant that quite a lot of the Waders had gone off to feed. 
African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna).
However we had two new species for the trip list, a Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia) which was out on the rocks amongst some Yellow-legged Gulls and a Little Egret, the other new species was a Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) which flew through very quickly.
African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna).
Time was getting on so we headed back down to the hotel where we had another good evening meal.

Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluviali squatarola).
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) male.
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus).
Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula).
Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).

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