Arrival to Tenerife and drive to our hotel in Buenavista. If there’s time in the afternoon, we will take a walk around the hotel, where we will have a chance to see our first endemic: Canary Islands Chiffchaff!
Today we will visit the western part of the island, including Teno and Monte del Agua. We will focus on the endemic pigeons, Bolle’s and Laurel Pigeon, which are the hardest endemics to get. Also, we will have chances to see Rock Sparrow and Barbary Falcon.
We will dedicate part of the day to drive the scenic road around El Teide, the highest peak in Spain, while making strategic stops for birding. Some large patches of Canarian Pine are good for Blue Chaffinch and other local specialties, like Island Canary and Berthelot’s Pipit.
During our last full day in Tenerife, we will visit the northern part of the island and the Anaga peninsula, where we will be able to see Canary Islands Kinglet, African Blue Tit and Plain Swift, to name a few.
Flight to Fuerteventura and drive to hotel. Visit to Corralejo and look for passerines, including Lesser Short-toed Lark, Linnet and Southern Grey Shrike . If time allows, we will visit El Cotillo, with some coastal scenery and possibilities to see our first Houbara Bustards and Stone Curlews.
During the day we will visit the ponds of Catalina García, the Egyptian Vulture near Tiscamanita, the charming town of Betancuria. During the afternoon we will visit the reservoir of Los Molinos, Las Parcelas and Tindaya.
This morning we will drive to the southern end of the island, visiting Cofete and Morro Jable. Later, we will stop in Costa Calma, which in the past has provided rare birds for the region, like Olive-backed Pipit and Yellow-browed Warbler. The visit to Gran Tarajal might provide Laughing Dove, while Alares pond, El Carmen Salt Pans and Barranco de la Torre, are a good place for waders and some passerines, like Spectacled Warbler or Trumpeter Finch.
An early morning visit to Fimanpaire will give us a good chance to see Fuerteventura Stonechat and Barbary Partridge. Departure.
* We will keep the itinerary flexible in order to take advantage of possible interesting sightings by other observers and weather conditions.