Just 14 kms of open water separates us from our north African neighbours Morocco. And yet, the difference in not only culture and peoples, but is surpassed by the magnificent diversity in bird life. Amazing that just a stone’s throw away the birds are so … Continue readingPopping over to the neighbours – Morocco
Wintering birds in the Serranía de Ronda increased as temperatures in northern Spain plummeted. An annual event here, with many birds finding refuge in the temperate areas surrounding the southern most outpost of the Baetic System of mountain ranges. Involved as I am in a … Continue readingThe ubiquitous White Wagtail
Bird of the Month – Yellow Wagtail There are three species of wagtail that we’re likely to see here in Andalucia; white, grey and yellow. Of these the White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is an abundant winter visitor and a trip to wet or coastal grasslands … Continue readingBird of the Month – April 2021
‘You want to watch birds in a city? Why? You’ll see only pigeons!’ I have been hearing these kinds of comments all my life and nowadays I allow myself a wry smile. Don’t just think that city dwellers without an ounce of interest in wildlife … Continue readingHow to be an Urban Birder
Every few years a bird book comes along that threatens to exhaust superlatives. Despite the manifold worries that 2020 has brought, it will go down in the history of ornithological publishing as being one of the few years that gave us two such works; “All … Continue readingBook Review – European Breeding Bird Atlas 2
The Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra is one of our most abundant and widespread songbirds in Andalucía with the males’ jangling keys song delivered from a prominent perch; a common sound in Spring and Summer. The bird is particularly associated with farmland, cultivated deheseas and more … Continue readingCorn Bunting (Escribano triguero)
Bird of the Month Chiffchaff(‘s). As a young birder in the NW of England, there was the Chiffchaff, a summer visitor that really only needed sorting out from the closely related willow warbler and of course if they sang it was easy. Whilst there were … Continue readingBird of the Month – January 2021
IMPORTANT INVESTMENT BY THE BOARD IN VEJER TO RECOVER THE LAGOON AND MARSHES OF THE RIVER BETWEEN VEJER AND BARBATE. The Junta de Andalucía, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, is to promote the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) project on the … Continue readingAnd now for some very good and welcomed news.