Lying off the north west coast of Africa, the Canaries have become synonymous with cheap winter breaks for Europeans in search of some sun. But their position, some 100km from the Morroccan coast, has supported the evolution of a number of endemic bird species which now attract birders wishing to 'push on' with their western palearctic list. Whilst the diversity of species does not match the mainland no where else in the world can you see Berthelot's Pipit, Plain Swift, Blue Chaffinch, Canary, Fuerteventura Chat, Bolle's and White-tailed Pigeon and the 'Tenerife' Firecrest. Visit the moist, forested slopes of volcanic Tenerife, the pristine Atlantic Laurel forests of La Gomera and the arid plains of Fuertaventura.

Berthelot's Pipit

Berthelot's Pipit © Michael Southcott

Showing the 64 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Madeira - 8th to 15th August 2009, author Ian Merrill (added September 7, 2009)
(Zino's, Fea's and Bulwer's Petrels, Macaronesian Shearwater, Madeiran Storm-Petrel, Sperm Whale and Monk Seal)

Canary Islands 2008: Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Gomera 12th - 18th March 2008, author Ian Merrill (added September 3, 2008)
(Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Gomera. Highlights Houbara Bustard, Laurel Pigeon, Canary Island Stonechat, Blue Chaffinch)

Tenerife - 8th - 22nd August 2008, author Phil Lindley (added September 12, 2008)
(Long-Tailed Glossy Starling, Bolle's Pigeon, Bulwer's Petrel)

Tenerife - 11th-18th September 2010, author Richard Sutton (added October 26, 2010)
(Laurel Pigeon, Bolle's Pigeon, Blue Chaffinch)

Canary Islands - July 2008, author Daniel López Velasco (added October 22, 2008)
(White-faced storm petrel, Bulwer's Petrel, Macaronesian (Little) Shearwater)

Tenerife - 3rd - 13th October 2010, author Phil Lindley (added October 19, 2010)
(Erjos Pools, Chanajiga, Bolle's Pigeon.)

Tenerife - 25th September - 2nd October 2012, author Stewart Betts and Chris Small (link created November 4, 2012)
(This trip was planned around seeing the resident Tenerife, Canary Island and Macronesian endemic bird species on the island of Tenerife, together with endemic sub-species and other resident birds.)

Fuerteventura - 6th - 13th February 2008, author Michael Cram (link created November 4, 2008)
(60 plus species including African Blue Tit)

Birding Lanzarote, 18th to 25th November 2004, author Alan Miller (added November 28, 2004)
(Berthelot’s Pipit, Trumpeter Finch, Houbara Bustard, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Southern Grey Shrike)

Tenerife - 24 October - 3 November 2010, author Alison Blinston (added November 26, 2010)
(Barbary Falcon, Tenerife Kinglet, Blue Chaffinch,)

Gran Canaria - Pelagic trip - 2nd - 6th May 2006, author David Gray (added May 31, 2006)
(5 species of petrel including Bulwer's, White-faced and Madeiran Petrel)

Fuerteventura 15th-29th March 2005 Birdwatching Trip Report, Canary Islands by Roger Puxley, author Roger Puxley (added May 22, 2005)

Fuerteventura - February 2010, author David Cleal (added March 4, 2010)
(Costa Calma & Surrounds)

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands - Feb - March 2009, author Alan Miller (added March 4, 2009)
(With 3 weeks on Gran Canaria we recorded an interesting selection of birds including an american vagrant, Laughing Gull)

Tenerife birdwatching report 2nd - 9th November 2004 and 14th - 21st March 2006, author Barry Byatt (added March 28, 2006)
(Tenerife, Los Gigantes, Monte del Agua, Las Lajas)

Wild Canaries - birds & landscapes - 1st - 7th February 2008, author Christopher Hall (added March 25, 2008)
(Apart from the rare Barbary Falcon, we cleaned up on the Canary Island endemics and specialities, and what we had seen was seen really well, making this a very successful and enjoyable trip.)

Tenerife February 2008, author Richard Bonser (link created March 20, 2008)
(Tricoloured Heron, Laurel Pigeon, Bolle's Pigeon, Berthelot's Pipit, Tenerife Robin, Canary Islands' Chiffchaff, Blue Chaffinch, Canary)

La Gomera - 4th - 12th February 2014, author John Bowler (added March 2, 2014)

La Palma - birds and butterflies - Feb - Mar 2008, author Alan Miller (added March 14, 2008)
(We knew La Palma to be lusher than many of the Canary Islands with a good coverage of Laurel forests, and with speciality birds and butterflies. With relatively little available information the challenge of a new place to explore excited us.)

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura - 23rd - 28th November 2017, author Mike Powell (link created March 1, 2018)

Tenerife and La Gomera, 25th March - 1st April 2008, author Neal Warnock (added June 25, 2008)
(Little Shearwater, Laurel Pigeon, Blue Chaffinch, Barbary Falcon, Barbary Partridge, Booted Eagle)

Tenerife - 12th-26th February 2010, author Greg Bond (added June 15, 2010)
(Birds, butterflies, dragonflies)

Fuerteventura - 18th - 21st January 2014, author Dave Andrews (link created January 26, 2014)
(Despite the cold and wet weather, the birds put on a real show and we had great views of all our main targets.)

Lanzarote, Christmas 2015, author Dave Flumm (added January 12, 2016)
(Yellow-browed Warblers, Audouin’s Gulls, Swallows, Spotted Flycatcher and all the island endemics.)

Wild Canaries - Birds & Landscapes - 2nd to 9th January, 2005, author Surfbirds Admin (added February 3, 2005)
(all the endemics)

Lanzarote - February 2012, author Alan Miller (added February 25, 2012)
(Houbara Bustard seen well at four sites, and Cream-coloured Courser, Barbary Partridge, Berthelot's Pipit, African Blue Tit, Trumpeter Finch and Canary together with several subspecies confined to Macronesia and the Canary Islands were amongst the birding)

Tenerife revisited 19th January – 1st February 2018, author Dave Flumm (added February 18, 2018)
(Island endemics, Laughing Doves, Booted Eagle, Sperm Whales and Long-tailed Glossy Starling!)

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, 28th October - 11th November 2004, author Nigel Anthony May (added February 16, 2005)
(Houbara Bustard, el Rubicon, Long Tailed Duck, Arrecife)

Tenerife - December 2014, author Derek Charlton (added December 31, 2014)

Fuerteventura, author Derek Charlton (added December 30, 2013)

Canary Islands - 24 November - 01 December 2006, author Lennaert Steen (added December 23, 2006)
(Tenerife / Fuerteventura (all the islands endemics))

Canary Islands - 24th July - 7th August 1998, author Ross Ahmed (added December 22, 2008)

Lanzarote, 14-21 November 2019, author John Bowler (added December 18, 2019)

Lanzarote - The Hungover Houbara Hunt - 3rd - 6th December 2009, author Mark Hows (added December 11, 2009)
(Cream-coloured Courser, Houbara Bustard, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Berthelot's Pipit. Trumpeter Finch, )

Wild Canaries - Birds & Landscapes 20th - 27th November 2019, author Christopher Hall (link created December 1, 2019)
(Blue Chaffinch, Houbara Bustard, Laughing Dove, Fuerteventura Stonechat)

Tenerife, 9th to 23rd February 2004 (Naturalist trip), author Surfbirds Admin (added August 25, 2004)

Tenerife, 31st July - 6th August 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 25, 2004)
(La Gomera)

San Isidro, Tenerife. 29th July – 12th August 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 25, 2004)

Tenerife, Canary Islands September 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 25, 2004)

Tenerife, October 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 25, 2004)

Tenerife, 30th January - 26th February 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 25, 2004)

Birdwatching in Gran Canaria, 16th - 23rd April 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)
(Berthelot's Pipit, Plain Swift)

Winter birding tour to Fuerteventura 13th-27th January 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Gran Canaria, 1st-14th March 2004, author Dave Flumm (added August 24, 2004)

Fuerteventura, 20th March- 27th March 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, 29th January - 5th February 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)
(Canary Islands Chat)

Madeira Trip Report - June 2003 (covering birds, reptiles, plants and insects.), author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

The Birds of Fuerteventura - the chat, the bustard, the courser and the sandgrouse., author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)
(Canary Islands Chat, Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser)

Madeira and Porto Santo 16th to 29th September 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Fuerteventura, March 29th - April 5th 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)
(Houbara Bustard, Barbary Falcon, Cream-coloured Courser, Black-bellied Sandgrouse)

Tenerife - January 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Winter trip to Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) 21st January to 4th February 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Tenerife Specials 23rd - 28th February 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Fuerteventura 22nd - 29th October 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Fuerteventura November 27 to December 4, 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

New Year on Fuerteventura, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Report on trip to Fuerteventura 15th - 22nd April 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Canary Islands, (y un poco de Espana) October 27th - November 3rd, 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)
(Canary Island Chiffchaff, Canary Island Kinglet, Blue Chaffinch, Berthelot's Pipit, Little Shearwater)

Birding Fuerteventura, 5th to 19th November 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 24, 2004)

Canary Islands, Dec-Jan 1999-2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 23, 2004)
(Bolle's Pigeon, Laurel Pigeon, Plain Swift, Canary Islands Chat, Houbara Bustard, Blue Chaffinch, Berthelot's Pipit, Spectacled Warbler, Fuerteventura, Tenerife)

Fuerteventura - July/August 2007, author Tim Vaughan (added August 15, 2007)
(Caleta da Fuste, Barranco de la Torres, La Olivia, Houbara Bustard, Catalina Garcia)

Tenerife 2nd - 8th August 2005, author Graham Etherington (added August 14, 2005)
(Canary Islands, Tenerife, Whale watching)

Tenerife - 27th July - 2nd August 2011, author Steve Webb (link created August 11, 2011)
(Although a family holiday spent a good deal of time sea-birding)

Fuerteventura revisited, 15th – 25th February 2012 , author Dave Flumm (added April 1, 2012)
(Audouin’s Gull, Laughing Dove, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, 3 Black Redstarts & all the island endemics.)

Showing the 1 Latest Recent Sightings Posted

Hotel Barcelò Jandia Mar, Fuerteventura, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler seen from 19 of Januari author Stefan Andersson (added February 10, 2013)