Friday, April 06, 2007

Up the Volcano
This is my last post for the trip to Tenerife. Another bird that was found around the hotel was the Canary Island race of Blue tit which is quite different from the one here in the UK.
UK Version
Tenerife Version
Before setting off on my holiday I decided to pick a target bird for the holiday which was the endemic and scarce Blue Chaffinch which is only found on the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. I did a bit of research before going and the Las Lajas Picnic site seemed to offer the best chance of finding one. So we hired a car and took the twisiting route up Mount Teide. We stopped off at the foot of the summit at an altitude of 2500m, to admire the spectacular scenery, where another endemic bird species was to be found the Berthelot's Pipit.

We carried on down off the mountain on the road to Villaflor and easily found the picnic site and the blue chaffinches.

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