Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica rustica. For those of us with roots in northern Europe, the swallow has always been the harbinger of spring. The arrival of our swallows, back here as early as January in some areas, is always a cause for celebration. Although there … Continue readingBird of the Month – March 2021
Given the popularity of nearby La Janda, it seems surprising that relatively few birders explore the area between Medina Sidonia and Benalup despite a host of interesting species. Superficially, the track along the Corredor Verde dos Bahias seems to offer good access but this route … Continue readingBirding Sites – Benalup – Medina Area
Redwing Turdus iliacus. Redwing are a widespread and elusive winter visitor to our province. Often, they can be seen in the company of their close relative the Song Thrush, which is an unfortunate choice given those wonderful songsters are hunted unmercifully by the barbaric ‘Huns … Continue readingBird of the Month – February 2021
The weekend had arrived. Normally I would be planning a birding trip to one of my favourite sites around Andalucía, only these are not normal times, and no-one knows when we will be able to travel outside of our municipality. I believe I have drawn … Continue readingRarities and a fluttering heart!
I imagine that if you mention the Costa del Sol to the unknowing and the ill-informed, they conjure up a vision of sandy beaches, lots of concrete and fish and chips. And yet, just a short drive away, you can be immersed in a veritable … Continue readingOur hills are alive with the sights and sounds of nature
Junior member Stanley gives us an insight into one of his favourite birds and his photography. Our Junior Membership is only 10 euro a year and open to all those under 17 years old at the time of joining. Why not join our increasing number … Continue readingJunior Members Article – February 2021
The Andalucía Bird Society. Love and appreciate nature? At last, you can join like-minded nature lovers by joining the regional bird society and enjoy amazing benefits for a real value for money membership. The Society run monthly field meetings across the region free to members … Continue readingSharing your love for nature – Join us.
As spring approaches our birding lives are dominated by one thing – migration. Migration is a physically demanding time, and the birds must have stored enough fat (energy) for them to make it through to their breeding grounds. Many of these birds will stop and … Continue readingABS and Conservation
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
The Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura leucura – A personal tale by Peter Jones “Wheatear a folk etymology of white and arse, or more simply put ‘white arse’, never was this more appropriate than for this LBJ (Little Black Job) the Black Wheatear, where the white arse is … Continue readingThe Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura leucura