Saturday, 16 March 2019

Fuerteventura Day 4: Southern Sibe

After a busy first few days to our trip, we fancied our fourth day being a bit more relaxed. We spent the morning at Faro de Toston just north of our apartment in El Cotillo.

It was the most productive site for waders we visited during the week, with over 60 Ringed Plover and 20 Kentish Plover on the various small beaches. Other waders were 3 Whimbrel, a Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 5 Common Sandpiper and 3 Dunlin. Some showy Berthelot's Pipits were around the point, along with 2 Trumpeter Finches and 4 Sandwich Terns.

For the afternoon we drove to the Fimapaire Valley, just east of La Oliva. We didn't expect very much here but had a nice surprise when I found a Yellow-browed Warbler in a small patch of willows in the west end of the valley. A flock of 40+ Spanish Sparrows and several Hoopoes were also in the willows.

The valley was good for Laughing Doves with several flying around the various goat farms. Southern Grey Shrikes were easy to see and flyovers included an Egyptian Vulture, Ruddy Shelduck and a group of 11 Pallid Swifts.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Southern Grey Shrikes - adult and juvenile
Berthelot's Pipit
Kentish Plover
Common Sandpiper
Laughing Dove
Barbary Ground Squirrel
Yellow-browed Warbler habitat

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