February birding keeps giving

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Great-spotted CuckooGenerally speaking February can be a quiet month for birding. Winter birds are starting to drift north and apart from Black Kite, Great-spotted Cuckoo, Swallow, House Martin and Lesser Kestrel, we await the arrival of our summer visitors. It can be a challenging month for us birders. Of course our resident birds help fill our daily bird lists during our excursions.

Allen's Gallinule
February rarity a juvenile Allen’s Gallinule

Yet the month has produced some notable birds and added icing to the cake for our efforts. It has been a great year so far for a few rarities and the most recent have been Allen’s Gallinule and Isabelline Shrike. A big thank you to our rarity specialist photographer Ricky Owen for letting us use his amazing photos.

Isabelline Shrike
Yep February keeps giving with another great rarity the Isabelline Shrike

Please do consider sending along your photos from your birding days. It is always good to be able to include member’s photographs here in in our magazine ‘Birds of Andalucía’. If you want to send us a photo or two, even a small article, please email us on abs.sociedad@gmail.com

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