I have various species of warbler present here at the Finca. Some like the Cetti’s, fan tailed and Sardinian are resident, whilst the Bonelli’s and Melodious are summer breeders, still others like the Chiffchaff, Willow, Garden, Reed and Whitethroats are only seen during passage and … Continue readingCompetition amongst Winter Warblers.
Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata has its European stronghold in Andalucía. Rightly it is an iconic species of the region. A medium sized eagle, it is a much sought after and prized species by resident and visiting birders. Here we replicate our text from the summer … Continue readingBird of the Month – July 2020
The summer so far has seen a fairly mixed set of fortunes for my local birds. All the warblers seem to have enjoyed a good breeding season and so too our raptors (one local pair of Bonelli’s Eagle raised 2 chicks this year). However, the … Continue readingA Summer Birding so far..
Virtually every morning now, the sun rises and very quickly becomes the great inhibitor to forays on foot in search of birds. For me woodlands and riverside walks are bearable early mornings, but temperatures quickly rise to make this a little uncomfortable as early as … Continue readingCanned Heat Birding
From a bird watching perspective, summer is perhaps the least interesting time to visit this famous site. The thrill of spring migration is already a memory and the return journeys won’t start in earnest for a few more weeks. Similarly the spectacle of winter flocks … Continue readingSummer at La Janda
Have you ever had that prickly feeling at the base of your neck, when your hairs stand up and you are in wonder? It is a kind of out of body experience, where your spirit dances with joy and you can feel with your eyes. … Continue readingWild Serranía de Ronda – July Field Meeting
European Bee Eater Merops apiaster Among the most looked forward to and colourful heralds of spring is our Bee Eater; they brighten the season with their bubbling calls as they announce their arrival to our shores, usually arriving in numbers by the end of March … Continue readingBird of the Month – June 2020
This year has been very odd for all of us due to the Covid-19 illness as we all know. Up until March 14th 2020 we were allowed to wander freely in the mountains searching for flowers. We found many Giant orchids, Himantoglossum robertianum, and a … Continue readingFlowers of Andalucía Spring 2020
The ABS Facebook group is welcoming many people new to birdwatching; it is wonderful to see all the questions on identification coming in. On the one hand the identification of birds and their behaviour is richly rewarding, on the other hand, beginning this process can … Continue readingA Beginners Guide – 10 Tips for Better Birdwatching
One of our most enigmatic summer visitors and one of the most attractive is the Black-eared Wheatear. The variable plumage for these beauties can cause confusion among those not familiar with the species. They are widespread throughout our region and occupy a range of habitats … Continue readingShades of Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica hispanica)