Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Waders in north east spain

In march had a few days in Spain mainly bird watching a few highlights of the waders mainly from Delta del Llobregat and Aiguamolls de l'Empordà.

Below a few of my favorite birds from Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

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Spotted Crake at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà one of a least two birds
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Black-winged Stilts at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
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Yellow Wagtail Iberian form at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
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White Stork at Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
Below a few of my favorite birds from Delta del Llobregat 


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Purple Swamphen in flight

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Pair of Audouin's Gulls
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Common Waxbill (not a native but a looker)
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Greater Flamingo flock 19 in total
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Cormorant close up 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Blows down

A nice early morning walk with the RSPB on Sunday at Blows down we first walked by the paddocks with lots of singing birds in the spring blossom and lots of Blackbirds in the paddocks. Alongside the paddock had good views of a singing Blackcap and a Song Thrush. Then walked along the bottom where we had a view of a Female Wheatear feeding in the grass and a few singing Blackcaps and Chiff-chaffs and 2 Linnets seen feeding in the field grass.

We then walked up the hills were quite a few Skylarks were in song and a few Meadow Pipits were flying over. Walking up to the chalk pits with a good view of Dunstable and Warblers in full song with a Willow Warbler been heard in the distance.

After a friendly account with a few of the local cows we walked to the golf course and back were we saw a few Yellowhammers and a few Butterflies out on the wing.

We then headed back across the hills where a group of Buzzards were soaring in the thermals when a Ring Ouzel flew across the path and landed in a nearby tree allowing everyone to get a good view of this migrant before we ended the walk with a nice view of a singing Meadow Pipit


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Early spring around Stockers Lake

Had a nice walk around stockers lake  which started well with a brief peregrine along the River Colne and walking to the causeway plenty of Wrens, Chiif-chaffs and Blackcaps singing.

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Early morning spring blossom

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Singing Blackcap

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Singing Wren

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Then from the causeway lot of activity with lot of singing birds with Grey herons and Little Egrets passing by overhead and a brief view of the pair of Oystercatchers and the Cetti's warbler was singing which I finally to see and quite a few Waterfowl still out on the water with Shovlers, Red-crested Pochard and displaying Grebes around .

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Grey heron in flight

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Little Egret in flight

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Great crested grebe

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and landing

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Cetti's Warbler.
Then had a quick walk around Springwell lake where i head a Reed Warbler and 3 Goldeneye were still around before a walk on the farmland at West Hyde where I had a good but brief view of a Tree Pipit doing its display to end a good morning.

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Goldeneye pair