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A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and FREE forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database & conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society.
The main site and the forum also have areas restricted to members of the society. To get even more benefits from our web activities and also be entitled to receive newsletters, quarterly magazine and attend field trips please SUPPORT US!


Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link

We are not just about birds! Why not add your observations to the Other Wildlife Board on our forum follow this link

We have now published the March 2017 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.

Do you know of any county or national bird clubs
, societies, organisations that might want to exchange links with us? We think we can offer their members a great resource through mutual links and able to give their members a point of contact and reference if they intend visiting Spain. Thanks, The ABS team

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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.

Do any members have either articles they want published here on the main site and or photographs we can use in our gallery? If you can contribute please use the 'contact us' form. See main menu bar above.
Note: Members can now access their own area on the main site. See main menu bar above.


Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation if you become an affiliated member of the society. If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.
Do you provide a service in Andalucia? Banner adverts appearing at the top of all pages available for a donation to the society.
Do you offer guiding services in Andalucia for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists and or general nature tours? We can offer links on our web site for return links and a single free membership day tour guided by you each year. If you have an interest in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.

The ABS Birdlist Andalucía

abs cover2The Society produces a list of all the birds that can be seen in Andalucia and it is constantly reviewed and kept up to date.  An important aspect of recording bird sighting information is the consistency of the data, especially bird names.  Therefore, the only bird names that are accepted in the database are those on the Societies list.

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Next field meeting
Our next field meeting will be held on the 22th of June 2019. Field Meeting Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.  All actual information you can find on the forum.
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.

201801 Greater FlamingoA cold morning was predicted so most of the members arrived with extra layers to wear! Having wished everyone a Happy New Year, it being the first meeting of 2018, we proceeded to follow our leader for the day, Frank Hair, down to the pond by the car park. What a difference to the last time we were here in November - plenty of water all around after recent periods of heavy rain! There was an immature Greater Flamingo stamping around in the pond for its food and plenty of Shoveler Ducks in the immediate area. Following the line of the pond around we also viewed Common Sandpiper, Coot, Common Snipe, Lapwing and several Teal and Black Winged Stilt.


201801 Black RedstartMoving across to the grassy area opposite we had views of Robin, Linnets, Stonechats, Black Redstarts, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler plus a small group of feeding Spanish Sparrows with their distinctive white cheeks. Our group was then rewarded with sightings of a Song Thrush, Redwing, Bluethroat and great bonus bird - a super fluffy Wryneck - what a great start to the meeting especially as the bird allowed all members to appreciate it, utilising our ‘scopes.

Onto the recently re-constructed wooden bridge, which was now surrounded by water, we had further views of Teal and Coot, with a couple of Moorhen tucked into the back of the pond. A few beautiful, adult, Greater Flamingo flew overhead whilst over on the main lagoon a huge flock of Lesser Black Backed Gulls, along with some Black Headed Gulls, took to the skies.

201801 CootHaving crossed the bridge we scanned the fields but other than the Jackdaws there was nothing else to see so we continued along the path hoping to find some warblers in the scrub. A variety of rabbits were seen nibbling between the bushes and Iberian Hares were racing each other along the field. Marsh Harrier was viewed soaring overhead and in the distance a few Shoveler and Mallard in a small pool in amongst the trees. A Buzzard took off from the copse and was later seen perched on a nearby electricity pylon, and far away a Green Woodpecker could be heard with its distinctive, recognisable call. In amongst the scrub along side, the raised pathway were Meadow Pipit, White Wagtails, Goldfinches and Greenfinches along with a flock of Serins flying around. An Iberian Grey Shrike was seen on a pylon near the Tamarisk, and a Dartford Warbler was spotted by some on the close scrub. Crested Lark and Great Tit were also heard behind us and some of the group viewed an Osprey having a morning snack of fish.

201801 Common SnipeOn our return over the bridge, much warmer now with the sun shining, a Hoopoe flew past and a small flock (7) of Avocet, first of the year for some of us, flew overhead. Returning to the centre for our annual financial meeting we had further views of Redwing and a Stone Curlew hiding in scrub, but with just its head showing.

After our meeting, we moved out to the area behind the centre where we found more Stone Curlew, Common Snipe, Shelduck, and a White Stork flying in the distance over the wind turbines. Over the lagoon on the far side, we scoped more Greater Flamingo, Common Crane and a group of Shelduck grazing.

Some of the group had returned home while others drove around the lake where they saw Black-winged Kites (seeing off a couple of Ravens), Hen Harrier, Skylarks and Common Cranes. Bob Wright was fortunate enough to discover 30+ Little Bustards closer to the Campillos – Antequera road, whilst Ricky Owen and his party found flocks of Calandra Larks, more Common Snipe and Green Sandpiper on the track and flooded fields. A very memorable first meeting of 2018 for us all.

 Barbara Laycock

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  • June 22nd -
    Granada Province

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