Thursday, 29 January 2009

21st - 28th Jan - Fuerteventura.

Spent everyday around the Costa Calma area (apart from one day at La Lajita).

21st - 3 Trumpeter Finches seen by the Airport.
20 Chiffchaffs (Canary Is and Common), Wood Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Song Thrush 2 White Wagtail and 26 Linnets around the Sewage Farm.
8 Black-bellied Sandgrouse, 2 Cream-coloured Courser, 24 Stone Curlew and Lesser Short-toed Larks in nearby Desert.

22nd - 4 Barbary Partridge, 7 Hoopoe, 20 Stone Curlew, 3 Southern Grey Shrike in the Desert.

23rd - 3 Hoopoe, 19 Stone Curlew, 6 Cream-coloured Courser, 2 Houbara Bustard (inc 1 displaying on a distant ridge), 14 Raven, 2 Black-bellied Sandgrouse, 2 Southern Grey Shrikes and 40+ Lesser Short-toed Larks in the Desert.

24th - 1 Blackcap and a Barbary Falcon at Costa Calma.
2 Fuereventura Chat, 2 Little Egret, 2 Laughing Doves, 1 Kestrel and 18 Trumpeter Finch at La Lajita.

25th - 4 Goldfinch (in Costa Calma woods), 2 Cream-coloured Courser, 40+ Lesser Short-toed Larks, 8 Stone Curlew ( in the Desert), Common Sandpiper at the Sewage Farm.

26th - 4 Southern Grey Shrikes, 5 Black-bellied Sandgrouse, 10 Cream-coloured Courser, 4 Houbara Bustard, 30+ Lesser Short-toed Larks, 4 Raven and 20+ Barbary Ground Squirrel in the Desert, 2 Goldfinch in Costa Calma woods.

27th - 3 Houbara Bustards, 14 Black-bellied Sandgrouse, 2 Southern Grey Shrikes, 3 Hoopoe, 15 Cream-coloured Courser, 80+ Lesser Short-toed Larks, 2 Trumpeter Finch, 4 Raven and 25+ Barbary Ground Squirrel in the Desert, 2 Goldfinch at Costa Calma.

28th - 6 Linnet and a Goldfinch at Costa Calma, 1 Little Egret at the Airport.
Flight back to Glasgow in the afternoon.
Berthelot's Pipit, Spanish Sparrow and Spectacled Warbler seen every day - almost everywhere.

Directions for the Desert specialities around Costa Calma (note the Bustards are best seen from first light to about 9.30 am, before lots of people start walking across the Desert)
Directions for Fuereventura Chat and Trumpeter Finches at La Lajita.

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