Tuesday 29 April 2008

Spain (Day 1) - Aracena – 16th April 2008

We landed at Sevilla airport mid morning and after picking up the hire car started our birding visit with a drive up the A66 & N433 to our holiday let in Corteconcepcion, near Aracena. The first bird was a Swift at the airport, but things soon got more interesting with Black Kite on the way up to the villa and then White Stork also both Barn and Red-rumped Swallow were very much evident en-route. After checking in etc, with plenty of warm sunshine and food not available till later we took a drive out to the local Embalse. The list soon grew; Crag Martin, Short-toed Eagle, Crested Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Southern Grey Shrike, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Short-toed Treecreeper, Corn Bunting, Rock Sparrow and Serin. Such a fantastic start to the week!

Life bird count: 363 Year bird count: 141 Month bird count: 81

Saturday 12 April 2008

Local patch – 12th April 2008

It was time to do the first bird survey of the year this weekend and to be honest not a lot to report in the way of incoming summer visitors or migrants. Quite a few Chiffchaff were around, but otherwise common countryside birds including Yellowhammer, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant and Skylark. Life bird count: 360 Year bird count: 125 Month bird count: 56