I spent the first two weeks of November in Tenerife, together with my wife and two kids. The fact that we actually got married in Puerto de la Cruz on the 6th November didn't make birdwatching top priority on this trip. Even though, I spent some mornings alone in the field.
The weather was quite a lot warmer than usually in November - up to 35°C at daytime - and due to the fact that very little rain had fallen during the year there was very little, or no, water in the ponds around the island.
4 November - Masca, Punta del Teno
5 November - Medano, Golf del Sur (GdS), Punta de la Rasca (PdlR), Roquito del Fraile (RdF)
6 November - Las Lajas (LL), Puerto de la Cruz
8 November - Gomera with Bar la Carbonnera (BlC), El Cedro (EC)
11 November - Los Rodeos, Tejina pond
12 November - Punta de la Rasca (PdlR), Roquito del Fraile (RdF)
Blacknecked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis 1 at Roquito del Fraile 12/11 Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedia borealis abundant at sea Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis baroli 2 at Punta de la Rasca 5/11 Little Egret Egretta garzetta several places Grey Heron Ardea cinerea several places Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 1 at Medano, 3 at RdF Teal Anas crecca 2 at Roquito del Fraile 12/11 Lesser Scaup* Aythya affinis 4 - 5 at RdF 12/11 Buzzard Buteo buteo insularum not uncommon Kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis common Peregrine Falco peregrinus 1 1y at Golf del Sur 5/11 Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara 1 at Punta del Teno 4/11 Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 15 at Tejina Pond 11/11 Coot Fulica atra 25 at Roquito del Fraile Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 3 at Roquito del Fraile Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 1 at PdlR, 2 at RdF American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica 1 1y at RdF 12/11 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 2 at Punta de l Rasca 12/11 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 2 at Golf del Sur 5/11 Sanderling Calidris alba 20+ at Medano Little Stint Calidris minuta 2 at Roquito del Fraile 12/11 Dunlin Calidris alpina 1 at Roquito del Fraile 12/11 Snipe Gallinago gallinago 1 at Tejina pond 11/11 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 20+ at Golf del Sur Greenshank Tringa nebularia 2 at Medano 5/11 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleuca 1 at Medano, 2 at GdS, 1 at RdF, 1 at PdlR Turnstone Arenaria interpres 1 at RdF,1 at PdlR Great Skua Catharacta skua 2 at Punta de la Rasca 12/11 Blackheaded gull Larus ridibundus not uncommon Lesser Blackbacked Gull Larus fuscus common Yellowlegged Gull Larus cachinnans atlantis common Greater Blackbacked Gull Larus marinus 1 at Los Christianos 1/11 Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis several places Rock Dove Columba livia common Bolle's Pigeon Columba bollii 10 at BlC, 10+ at EC 8/11 Laurel Pigeon Columba junoniae 1 at BlC, 2 at EC 8/11 Collared dove Streptopelia decaocta common Los Christianos Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus 2 at Puerto de la Cruz 6/11 Plain Swift Apus unicolor 10+ at Los Americanos Hoopoe Upopa epops common Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major canariensis 5+ at Las Lajas 6/11 Lesser Shorttoed Lark Calandrella rufescens 2 at Los Rodeos 11/11 Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii common Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea canariensis several places White Wagtail Motacilla alba 1 at Punta de la Rasca 5/11 Robin Erithacus rubecula 1 at Gomera 8/11 Blackbird Turdus merula cabrerae not uncommon Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata orbitalis several places Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala 1 at Gomera, 1 at GdS Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla heineken not uncommon Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita canariensis abundant Tenerife goldcrest Regulus teneriffae 10+ at Las Lajas, 5 at Gomera Blue Tit Parus caeruleus teneriffae 2 at LC, 10+ at LL, 10+ at G Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor koenigi 5 at Punta de la Rasca Indian Myna Acridotheres tristis 1 at Los Christianos 3/11 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis abundant Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia madeirensis 3 at Punta del Teno 4/11 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs tintillon 2 at Bar la Carbonnara 8/11 Blue Chaffinch Fringilla teydea teydea 20+ at Las Lajas 6/11 Canary Serinus canaria not uncommon Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 2 at Gomera 8/11 Linnet Acanthis cannabina meadewaldoi common
* = There was a flock of 7 Aythya ducks at Roquito del Fraile on the 12th November. They were spending the whole time resting in the middle of the pond, with the exception of one female. As far as I could see at least two or three of the other birds were Lesser Scaups too, but probably they weren't all seven. In a mail later Tony Clarke has confirmed my observation, and the birds were still present on the 2nd December.
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