Sunday 31 October 2010
Our last full day in Portugal. Visited a site inland near Tavira called Cascata Moinhos Da Rocha first thing: Sardinian Warbler, Waxbill (6), Azure-winged Magpie, Cattle Egret (4) and Blackcaps. Selected to take the thirty minute drive to Castro Marim: Greater Flamingo (66), White Stork (9), Caspian Tern (9), Spoonbill (40), Crested Larks, Azure-winged Magpies, Marsh Harrier (2), Stone Curlew (3), Hoopoe (1), Steppe Grey Shrike (4), Crag Martin (2), Kentish Plover (2), Cattle Egrets, Little Egrets, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (1), Little Stints, Blackcaps and Sardinian Warblers.
Saturday 30 October 2010
Tavira Saltpans & Ilha De Tavira: Greater Flamingos, Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Yellow-legged Gulls, Waxbills, Spanish Sparrows, Sardinian Warblers, White Storks, Crested Larks, Kentish Plovers, Great Skua and Zitting Cisticolas.
Friday 29 October 2010
The area around Castro Verde; highlights included: Crested Lark, Steppe Grey Shrike, Black-winged Kite (2), Spotless Starling, Black-bellied Sandgrouse (20+), Calandra Lark (60+), Hen Harrier (2), Red Kite (10), Hoopoe (6), Stone Curlew (4), Woodlark (3), Griffon Vulture (20), Sardinian Warbler, Little Owl (1), Cattle Egret (80+), Little Egret, Wheatear and Azure-winged Magpie.
Thursday 28 October 2010
Quinta Do Lago: Bluethroat, Little Bittern (1), Squacco Heron (1), Purple Swamphens (4), Red-crested Pochard (2), & Tavira Saltpans: Greater Flamingo (80), Caspian Tern (1) and Slender-billed Gull (3)
Wednesday 27 October 2010
Cabo De Sao Vicente: Short-toed Eagles (9), Booted Eagles (7), Griffon Vultures (88), Balearic Shearwaters (6), Serins (6), Chough (70+), Blue Rock Thrush (1), Great Bustard (1) and Hen Harrier (1). Quinta Da Rocha: Osprey (1), Raven (2), Steppe Grey Shrike (1), Hoopoe (4), Stone Curlew (2) and our only Swallowtail butterfly of the trip.
Steppe Grey Shrike
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Castro Marim, Barragem Do Beliche (Portugal) and Isla Cristinia (Spain): White Storks (105+), Audouin's Gull (35+), Caspian Tern (10), Steppe Grey Shrike (3), Greater Flamingo (11), Black-winged Stilts (40), Kentish Plover (16), Zitting Cisticola (3)
Azure-winged Magpie & Magpie
Monday 25 October 2010
Praia De Faro following arrival to Portugal to unpack the gear! Straight into some great sights and birds including: Osprey (1), Kentish Plover (10), Hoopoe (1), Azure-winged Magpie, Crested Lark, Sardinian Warbler, Greater Flamingo (50+) and Black-winged Stilt. Walking into and around the town of Tavira in the evening for our meal: Griffon Vulture (1) and Bluethroat (1).
Sunday 24 October 2010
Saturday 16 October 2010
A bright and dry day tempted us out for the day to Newhaven, East Sussex to see the Adult Rose-coloured Starling present for a few days. While here, we also saw: Wheatear (2), Swallows (40+), House Martin (1), Redwing (1) and Chiffchaff (1).
Sunday 10 October 2010
With noticable visible migration in progress around the country (and county), yesterday, and expecting more today, we left at a reasonable hour this morning to see what we could find on the north east Kent headland: North Foreland, stopping first to view the area that is Margate Cemetary before moving on to the Joss Bay (Elmwood Avenue) area. At the cemetary, we met others, including: Bob Knight, Jeremy Hall, Barry Wright, John Tilbrook and Dave Gilbert. Slowly making our way round, Goldcrests were calling, we had brief views of ring-tail Hen Harrier, Firecrest and several Sparrowhawks. Along with Bob and Jeremy, we moved on to walk Elmwood Avenue, here we watched, 11 Grey Herons (a group of 6 and a further group of 5), 17 Jays (a group of 10 and a further group of 7), Swallows (3), Bramblings (6), Siskins (heard), Linnets (40+), Sparrowhawks (2), Black Redstart (1), Yellow Wagtail (1), Chiffchaff (2), Redwing (heard), before stopping for a lunch time drink at the 'Captain Digby' from where we saw: Kittiwake (1), Brent Goose (6), Sanderling (8).