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The Teide Volcano on the island of Tenerife is the highest point in Spain at 12,198 feet, although it is tecnically a long way from the mainland. It is also the fourth highest volcano in the world and last erupted in 1909. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
A rather successful trip to the Canary Islands despite a setback on Gran Canaria with respect to the blue chaffinch (the large recent fires couldn't have helped). We enjoyed excellent weather and conditions for most of trip; the blue skies and nice weather made for a memorable day up at Teide Volcano (the highest point in Spain!) and cloud cover on Fuerteventura was a welcome relief when scanning coastal deserts. Our ferry ride to La Gomera was quite productive as we tallied hundreds of Cory's Shearwaters, a few Barolo, and one Bulwer's! All in all, a fun trip to the islands. Thanks for joining me and happy birding in 2019 and beyond.
Jesse aka Motmot (from Jo'berg, South Africa)
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
RUDDY SHELDUCK (Tadorna ferruginea)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
BARBARY PARTRIDGE (Alectoris barbara) [I]
One of our targets on Tenerife was the Tenerife Blue Chaffinch. It survives in the Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis; endemic to the outer Canary Islands) forest where it appears to be doing quite well; we saw several individuals at two different sites. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
BOLLE'S PIGEON (Columba bollii) [E]
LAUREL PIGEON (Columba junoniae) [E]
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (Streptopelia decaocto) [I]
BLACK-BELLIED SANDGROUSE (Pterocles orientalis)
HOUBARA BUSTARD (CANARY IS.) (Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae)
ALPINE SWIFT (Apus melba)
PLAIN SWIFT (Apus unicolor)
This Bulwer's Petrel was seen during our ferry crossing from La Gomera to Tenerife. This is a good area of the world to see one as the species breeds on the Canary Islands, as well as on the Azores and Madeira island groups. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
EURASIAN COOT (Fulica atra)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
BLACK-WINGED STILT (Himantopus himantopus)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER (Charadrius dubius)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
DUNLIN (Calidris alpina)
COMMON SANDPIPER (Actitis hypoleucos)
COMMON GREENSHANK (Tringa nebularia)
COMMON REDSHANK (Tringa totanus)
Glareolidae (Pratincoles and Coursers)
CREAM-COLORED COURSER (Cursorius cursor exsul)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (Larus michahellis)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
BULWER'S PETREL (Bulweria bulwerii)
CORY'S SHEARWATER (BOREALIS) (Calonectris diomedea borealis)
BAROLO SHEARWATER (Puffinus baroli)
Our extra pelagic outing offered amazing, close views of several pods of Short-finned Pilot Whale, a pantropical species that is common around the Canary Islands. The genus name, Globicephala, refers to the bulbous head. Video by guide Jesse Fagan.
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
GRAY HERON (Ardea cinerea)
LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
EURASIAN SPOONBILL (Platalea leucorodia)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
EGYPTIAN VULTURE (Neophron percnopterus majorensis)
COMMON BUZZARD (CANARY IS.) (Buteo buteo insularum)
The colorful port town of San Sebastian on La Gomera. La Gomera is home to two endemic pigeons, Laurel and Bolle's. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
EURASIAN HOOPOE (Upupa epops)
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (CANARIAN) (Dendrocopos major canariensis)
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (CANARIAN) (Dendrocopos major thanneri)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
EURASIAN KESTREL (Falco tinnunculus)
PEREGRINE FALCON (BARBARY) (Falco peregrinus pelegrinoides)
GREAT GRAY SHRIKE (SAHARA) (Lanius excubitor koenigi)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
COMMON RAVEN (Corvus corax)
LESSER SHORT-TOED LARK (Alaudala rufescens polatzeki)
The African Blue Tit is resident on most of the islands and there are two distinct subspecies, teneriffae (Tenerife and La Gomera) and ultramarinus (Fuerteventure and NW Africa). Shown here is ultramarinus which shows an obvious wing-bar and blue on the crown. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
Paridae (Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice)
AFRICAN BLUE TIT (Cyanistes teneriffae teneriffae)
AFRICAN BLUE TIT (Cyanistes teneriffae ultramarinus)
GOLDCREST (TENERIFE) (Regulus regulus teneriffae) [E]
Phylloscopidae (Leaf Warblers)
WILLOW WARBLER (Phylloscopus trochilus)
CANARY ISLANDS CHIFFCHAFF (Phylloscopus canariensis) [E]
Sylviidae (Sylviid Warblers)
SARDINIAN WARBLER (Sylvia melanocephala)
GREATER WHITETHROAT (Sylvia communis)
SPECTACLED WARBLER (Sylvia conspicillata)
Fuerteventura may be the best place in its range to see Houbara Bustard. We had several cooperative individuals including this one photographed by guide Jesse Fagan.
Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers)
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (Muscicapa striata)
EUROPEAN PIED FLYCATCHER (Ficedula hypoleuca)
FUERTEVENTURA STONECHAT (Saxicola dacotiae) [E]
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
EURASIAN BLACKBIRD (Turdus merula)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
BERTHELOT'S PIPIT (Anthus berthelotii)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
COMMON CHAFFINCH (CANARY IS.) (Fringilla coelebs canariensis)
BLUE CHAFFINCH (TENERIFE) (Fringilla teydea teydea) [E]
TRUMPETER FINCH (Bucanetes githagineus)
EURASIAN LINNET (Linaria cannabina)
ISLAND CANARY (Serinus canaria)
Another species more easily seen on Fuerteventura is Black-bellied Sandgrouse (also encountered on our Morocco tour), photographed here by guide Jesse Fagan.
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
SPANISH SPARROW (Passer hispaniolensis)
BARBARY GROUND SQUIRREL (Atlantoxerus getulus) [I]
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (Tursiops truncatus)
SHORT-FINNED PILOT WHALE (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Other Critters List:
1) Western Canaries Lizard or Tenerife Lizard (Gallotia galloti) = Good numbers in the lava field below Teide Volcano on Tenerife. Endemic to the islands of Tenerife and La Palma.
Totals for the tour: 55 bird taxa and 3 mammal taxa