Friday, April 20, 2007

Tenerife April 2007

Staying in Los Cristianos. On the balcony Spanish Sparrow and Barbary Dove.
Around the town, Feral Pigeon, Rock Dove.In Adeje, in the tree outside St Ursula's, Blackcap, Canary Island Chiffchaff and BlackbirdAt the beach, Turnstone
All over the place, Plain Swift and Kestrel.
On the way up to Mount Tiede, the celebrated ZR Las Lajas lived up to its reputation: abundant BLUE CHAFFINCH (even one in a rubbish bin - pictured), BERTHOLETS PIPIT (pic), CANARY, CANARY ISLAND KINGLET (=Firecrest), Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit.At Los Gigantes, confirmed that all the gulls are Yellow Legged.
On a whale/dolphin spotting trip we saw loads of CORY'S SHEARWATERS. There is apparently a white-tailed eagle nesting in the eponymous cliffs but we didnt see it.
At Las Galletas, walking round to the headland, TAWNY PIPIT and WHITETHROAT. in the scrub behind the beach a Great Grey Shrike.
Barranco del Infierno (has to be booked in advance) is a story of 3 warblers: ChiffChaff, Sardinian and Blackcap all prominent and voluble. Plain Swift, Kestrel and Raven above. BARBARY PARTRIDGE (pic) along the path. Grey Wagtail up at the waterfall. Blackbird, Bluetit and Robin also.
El Medano: Whimbrel and Grey Wagtail only on the rocks off the town. Then we went round to Monte Roja nature reserve. A beautiful area with a proper unspoilt beach. But only Bertholet's Pipit and Whimbrel again.
On the last morning, a Hoopoe by the cliffs in Los Chr.