the wet winter was not to be sneezed at.
So we flew in to Funchal on Saturday 28th December our hotel was Porto Bay and we had a quiet
day ,the following morning we was off for a drive first to Ponta da Pargo.
back to Funchal.
I had been out with Katarina and Hugo before,we headed for Machico where a single
Little Egret graced the harbour mouth.
In the river mouth below a good number of Turnstones , a single Dunlin and Grey
which was quite a surprise.
Our next stop was Canical here in the harbour was a number of Yellow legged gulls and
a Herring gull of the nominate race.
Another Little Egret obliged here on the rocks giving much closer views .
Before leaving a few Spanish Sparrows obliged then it was onwards to Ponto do
Rosto this headland produced a number of Berthelots pipits ,four red legged partridges in flight but
only the call of Rock Sparrow.
Finally Santa de Serra and its local park produced the superb Maderian Firecrest along with chaffinch ,greenfinch goldfinch and blackbird.