Friday, May 20, 2005

Spanish Birding: Day 1

Trip Report to Southern Spain, by William Bowell
Participants: Brian Stone, Katie Fuller, Tony Parker and William Bowell

Everything seemed to go swimmingly well on the Friday afternoon; arriving at Stanstard early and landing at Jerez slightly earlier than scheduled brought hope of a spot of birding before nightfall. Our first bird on touch down was House Sparrow quickly followed by Spotless Starling. Despite our early arrival the car hire unfortunately held us up considerably so the remaining daylight was spent in grounds of the airport where we clocked up a few Common Swifts flying about just before dusk, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon (one of the very few we saw during the weekend), Song Thrush, Nightingale, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls flying over and a Blackbird. We traveled to our accommodation at Alijar near Sanlucar in complete darkness with not even an Owl in front of headlights seen.

After a quick unpack we decided to take a look around the grounds of accommodation with torch light barely needed for it was almost a full moon. Still, it did help in the finding of a Scop's Owl sat calling on one of the barns in the wee small hours. Nice one!

Day 2 >>>

Day 3 >>>
Day 4 >>>


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