Juvenile Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea). Photo: Antonio Camacho Lorenzo
On Nov 3, at one of the irrigation ponds in Los Barros, a residential zone located above the town of Los Llanos de Aridane, a local observer (Antonio Camacho Lorenzo) discovered the juvenile Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) shown above. This species is a passage migrant to the Canaries (all islands except El Hierro), but is recorded irregularly on La Palma, usually in spring rather than autumn.
Pale morph Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus). Photo: Oivind Egeland
My thanks to both observers for sending me the details of their sightings.
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
It has been a poor autumn for migratory waders so far, but there have been up to nine ducks of various species in the irrigation ponds in Las Martelas (Los Llanos de Aridane). The highlight of recent weeks has undoubtedly been the Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) featured in two previous posts, which was the second record of this American vagrant for La Palma, with only 20-odd records for the Canaries as a whole.
The other Anatidae discovered in the same area include the female Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) shown above, and an eclipse male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), plus the following two species:.
Common Teal (Anas crecca)
Common Teal (Anas crecca), 5 females/juveniles.
Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Garganey (Anas quequedula), 2 individuals.
At the tidal pools near the airport, there are presently about 3 Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), and one or two Common Sandpipers (Actitis hypoleucos). The results of my trip to the Laguna de Barlovento reservoir were described in the previous post.
Surprisingly, no wintering Coots (Fulica atra) have turned up on the island this autumn.