White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Group of three White Storks, April 2007
The bird featured in the present post was discovered foraging in an almost empty irrigation tank in Las Martelas (Los Llanos de Aridane), on March 27. It has been seen elsewhere on the west side of the island over the last few days.
Group of three Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
While the Little Egret (Garzetta egretta) can be observed on La Palma all year round, the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a passage migrant and winter visitor. The group of three birds shown above was discovered in Las Martelas on March 11. On March 27 I found only two birds in the same area. This species nests on the island of Lanzarote.
In addition to the above, small numbers of Barn Swallow (Hirunda rustica) have recently been observed on the island, and on March 16 I saw a single Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) at an irrigation pond in Tazacorte.
The Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) was still present at the airport pools today, together with 2 x Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), 1 x Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), and 1 x Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula). All these waders have wintered on La Palma, and will soon be leaving the island. The 40-odd Coots (Fulica atra), which spent the winter in irrigation ponds in Las Martelas and Tazacorte, have already flown north, except for 2 stragglers.