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Red-legged Partridge

One or two groups of these were heard in the hills before the first group was seen (Cazadores pair then group of 7 flew over valley)

Ruddy Shelduck 

A group of 9 were initially at the mud end of the Maspalomas lagoon on the first visit, and subsequently flew off. 11 more static birds were present on the second visit

Cory's Shearwater

A small group of birds (~6) were circling from the shore of Maspalomas mid morning, with a further 2 flying East a little earlier. During the seawatch from Puerto de Mogan, ~30 birds were mainly flying East, with 5 birds fairly close in. A reasonably sized group was circling over the water some distance from the shore

Greater Flamingo

Described as an accidental to the island, a juvenile was present at the seaward end of the Maspalomas chaca on both visits. It appeared to be leaving over the sea the second time, but was back again later in the morning

Eurasian Spoonbill

Another accidental, 2 juveniles and an adult were on the Maspalomas chaca on the first visit, with only one inanimate juvenile the second time

Grey Heron

Maspalomas lagoon (3, 5); 1 flying adjacent to the cliffs towards Puerto de Mogan

Little Egret 

Maspalomas lagoon (5, 1); Castillo del Romeral (1 along the shoreline)

Western Osprey  

A single bird was perched with a fish on top of a telegraph pole just South of Castillo del Romeral. It was still there half an hour later on return past this spot

Common Buzzard

Quite commonly seen, especially in the hills, where they were either in singles or occasionally pairs. Many of the birds were rather vocal, even when heard at some distance. Puerto de Mogan to Playa de Veneguera (2); San Bartolome (1); Roque Nuble (3); Cazadores (~8); Santa Lucia (3); Altavista (3)

Common Kestrel 

Regularly seen over the whole island Puerto de Mogan to Playa de Veneguera (~10); journey to Puerto de la Aldea (3); San Bartolome (3); Maspalomas (2); Roque Nuble (1); Cazadores (~6); Castillo del Romeral (1); Santa Lucia (6); Altavista 4)

Barbary Falcon 

A pair of birds was mobbed by a Kestrel as they passed through the valley below Santa Lucia

Common Moorhen

~30 Maspalomas lagoon

Eurasian Coot 

~100 Maspalomas lagoon

Grey Plover

1 on the rocks on the rocks at Maspalomas

Common Ringed Plover 

~25 on rocks at Maspalomas

Little Ringed Plover

Up to 6 at Maspalomas chaca

Whimbrel

Maspalomas lagoon (3); Maspalomas rocks (1); Castillo del Romeral (1)

Common Greenshank

Maspalomas lagoon (8)

Common Sandpiper

Maspalomas lagoon (2); Puerto de la Aldea (1 on shoreline)

Ruddy Turnstone 

Castillo del Romeral (~12)

Sanderling

Maspalomas shoreline (4); Castillo del Romeral (4 on lagoon, ~8 on shoreline)

Curlew Sandpiper 

Maspalomas chaca (2)

European Herring Gull

A single bird on rocks at Maspalomas

Yellow-legged Gull  

Very common along any coastline. The only inland birds were ~10 on a reservoir below Altavista

Lesser Black-backed Gull 

Local race Yellow-legged Gulls are reputed to be as dark as this species, but they seemed a lot lighter in practice. Small numbers of this species were occasionally seen at Puerto de Mogan and Castillo del Romeral

Rock Dove

Many feral doves are seen around the island. However, some groups of birds all showing the plumage of wild Rock Doves were seen regularly in the hills to the interior of the island

Eurasian Collared Dove

Abundant everywhere

Rose-ringed Parakeet 

Common at Maspalomas (~20)

Monk Parakeet

~12 birds landed in a group landed on a fruiting tree at Maspalomas

Eurasian Hoopoe

Puerto de Mogan (2); Maspalomas (5); Maspalomas dunes (1); Roque Nuble (1); Santa Lucia (1)

Southern Grey Shrike

Birds on the island seemed to have no white above the black face mask Puerto de Mogan (1); Playa de Veneguera (1); Puerto de la Aldea (1); open rocky area South of Maspalomas (4); Roque Nuble (1); Castillo del Romeral (1)

African Blue Tit

Seen regularly in all habitats (even had one on the TV aerial on our apartment) Puerto de Mogan (1); Puerto de Mogan to Playa de Veneguera (3); Puerto de la Aldea (3); San Bartolome (2); Roque Nuble (~6); Cazadores (~8); Santa Lucia (2); Altavista (~20)

Barn Swallow 

2 singles 1 over the lagoon at Maspalomas, and 1 over the beach at Puerto de Mogan

Canary Islands Chiffchaff

The most common bird sound on the island. This species is very common and seen in more or less any habitat

Spectacled Warbler 

Probably one of the more sought after of the warblers on the island, small numbers were seen in a few locations Puerto de la Aldea (3 in the dry area just South of the small shingle lagoon); Castillo del Romeral (2 seen, and a few more heard in the scrub area behind the beach); Santa Lucia (1 on the circuit we walked)

Sardinian Warbler

Quite common and widespread Puerto de Mogan to Playa de Veneguera (~6); San Bartolome (2); Maspalomas (2); Roque Nuble (4); Cazadores (3); Santa Lucia (5)

Common Blackbird 

Puerto de Mogan (~8); Maspalomas (2); Roque Nuble (2); Cazadores (~15); Santa Lucia (2)

European Robin

Only heard (song is notably different from the birds of the UK San Bartolome (1); Cazadores (1); Altavista (3)

Spanish Sparrow 

Puerto de Mogan (~10); Maspalomas (~8); Puerto de la Aldea (~20)

Common Waxbill

Group of ~10 feeding in the reeds next to the fence on the boulevard at Maspalomas (both visits), and a group of 6 in one of the squares in the centre of Puerto de Mogan

Grey Wagtail

Puerto de la Aldea (1); San Bartolome (1); Roque Nuble (1); Santa Lucia (8)

Berthelot's Pipit

Seen fairly regularly, but not in quite the numbers I was expecting Puerto de Mogan (group of 4 often from the balcony of the apartment); Roque Nuble (4); Cazadores (3); Castillo del Romeral (~12); Santa Lucia (3); Altavista (8)

Atlantic Canary

Very common throughout

European Goldfinch

2 seen at San Bartolome, with a few more heard, and 2 more seen at Santa Lucia

Trumpeter Finch

The only ones seen were a group of 8 on rocky ground next to the track on the walk from Puerto de Mogan to Playa de Veneguera

 

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