Madeira Full Day Birdwatching

Unfold the West of Madeira amazing sceneries and most of the island endemic bird species: Trocaz Pigeon, Madeira Firecrest, Chaffinch, Berthelot's Pipit, Plain Swifts, Spectacled Warbler.

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General Tour Price €85.00EUR applicable for bookings via other sales channels.

 

Highlights

  • Chance to see 10 of the endemic birds of Madeira and Macaronesia between others
  • Get to know the west side of Madeira on a safe and small scaled tour
  • Great photo opportunities of birds and landscapes
  • SWAROVSKI OPTIK Telescope & Binoculars (shared by group)
  • 3 course meal with drinks included on the tour

Detailed Description

First we start looking for the Trocaz Pigeon one of Madeira endemic birds, as it is an early waking up bird. For this we go to the North of the Madeira, to a valley surrounded by Laurel Forest and majestic mountains. It is also probable to observe Grey wagtails, Kestrels, Buzzards, Madeira Firecrests and maybe Chaffinches.

Next stop is at a higher place where centenary trees are the perfect habitat for Chaffinches, Robins and Firecrests though we always look for the difficult to spot Woodcocks, Red-legged partridges and Quails.

After observing such interesting species it is already time for lunch which is at sea level. The way towards the restaurant will allow us to see Yellow-legged gulls, Plain swifts, Berthelot's pipits and probably Linnets.

After a nice three course meal we can try some seawatching to spot Shearwaters or Petrels, different species depending on the season.

Again it follows a ride up to the mountain, through the Laurel Forest and then exotic forest and agriculture terrains to get to a wonderful sightseeing spot. This is also an Important Bird Area where one can birdwatch Berthelot's pipits, Canaries, Rock sparrows, Spectacled warblers, Goldfinches and some migrant birds that like to stop here, such as Grey Heron, Golden Plovers, Starlings, Swallows, House Martins...

Last hotspot is at a freshwater pond next to the sea where we look for vagrant waders. Almost sure we will be welcomed by Waxbills, Moorhens, Ducks, Turnstones and Egrets.

Birds seen on this tour (last 14 days) More news at MadeiraBirds.com

  • Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis
  • Madeiran Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs maderensis
  • Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea schmitzi
  • Kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis
  • Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
  • Atlantic Canary Serinus canaria
  • Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii
  • Trocaz Pigeon Columba trocaz
  • European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
  • Plain Swift Apus unicolor
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus phaeopus
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  • Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Little Egret Egretta garzetta
  • Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus puffinus
  • Cory's Shearwater Calonectris borealis
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
  • Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata orbitalis
  • Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla heineken
  • Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
  • Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
  • Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina guentheri
  • Red Kite Milvus milvus
  • Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

Tour days: Wednesday and Saturday
Departure times: 9am
Typical duration: 8 hours

Space: minimum 1, maximum 6
Staff to Guest ratio?: 1:6
Tour Languages: English and Portuguese

Pick up location: Free pick up is available from all Funchal, Caniço and Câmara de Lobos hotels or similar accommodation. Other locations please contact us.
Return details: Tour concludes at original point of pick up.

Friendly advices: A jacket is always useful for the altitude cold, a hat and a bottle of water.
Photography: Allowed.

General itinerary dependable on the weather and wildlife.

†Price includes all taxes and fees. No extras are added to the shown price. Payable currency Euros.

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