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We have now published the December 2016 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list follow this link
Andalucia Bird Society in the News.
The Andalucia Bird Society now has a regular article in the free newspaper The News. Each article is about a different bird species that you will find in Andalucia.
As many will already know we were having problems with accepting payment for memberships using PayPal. The problems are now resolved and you can now follow the registration process and use PayPal to pay for membership. If you prefer there are alternative means by which to pay, for instance we are able to accept bank transfers, so if this is a suitable alternative for you, please contact us for further details. For clear instructions using PayPal please see ABS Forum.
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Where to go in Andalucía?
A list of bird watching sites for each province of Andalucia is provided by the Society together with their map reference, 10x10km grid location, altitude and habitat.
The sites on our lists are those recommended by the Society for seeing birds. New sites are continually added to the lists as the Society becomes aware of them and has carried out site surveys.
Some of the listed bird watching sites have full descriptions and It is our intention that eventually all the sites will have descriptions.
Next field meeting
October 2016 - The Levante Wind
The much awaited Isla de Palomas sea watch, the second October meeting, in Tarifa was sadly cancelled on the Thursday before it was due, purely because of the [correctly] forecasted Levante wind. However as it is now the policy of the ABS to not cancel in its entirety an event, an alternative was arranged - La Janda. All those who had stated they were attending were contacted by email or phone so that they could make their own decision. A hardy 11 members joined Javi Elorriaga [Birding the Straits] the day’s leader at the arranged assembly point near the causeway to Isla de Palomas. Whilst we were being buffeted by the relentless wind and waiting for 15 minutes in case of any late comers a Peregrine decided to give us a low fly past.
October 2016 - Bonanza
The day started rather cloudy and cool but quickly warmed up once the sun appeared. A large group of over 30 ABS members met at a bar on the outskirts of Bonanza town.From here we drove the short distance to some local ponds where it was reported many birds were visible. There were Purple Swamphen, Snipe, Little Grebe and Peter Jones spotted a Little Bittern. Only its rear end could be seen in the reeds but as 30 pairs of eyes drilled into it, the tail moved and the bird gave us all a good view as it scampered through the reeds and eventually disappeared.
September 2016 -The Early Birders
Autumnal mornings at last - a welcome relief from what has been the hottest start to September here in Spain for 100 years. A delightful 14c at 0645hrs when we [Derek & Barbara] arranged to meet Bob & Lindsay together with friend Chris under the arches in Zapata to wait for the days leader Luis Alberto Rodriguez who was meeting other members in Guadalmar. Pooling vehicles so that there were 4 in each, 2 cars set off for the early target bird - Red Necked Nightjar.
September 2016 - Tarifa & La Janda
Saturday 3rd September 2016 proved to be a strange day weather wise as we were all totally unprepared for the wind. It had been calm at home. We all arrived at the meeting point for 09.30hrs in mist and gale force winds. The temperature ranged from 23C in the morning to 34C by mid afternoon. Approximately 30 members turned up and after pooling cars we went to the new Cazalla Bird Observatory near to Tarifa.
July 2016 - Field trip and EGM at ‘Finca Algaba’.
The society holds two formal general meetings each year, as required by our statutes as a registered organization. The Ordinary General Assembly in January focuses on our finances, whilst the July Extraordinary General Assembly is about electing the committee and the officers for the next two years. But first we have a few hours birding of course.
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