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Old Year/ New Year

Posted Saturday 3rd January 2015 at 17:58 by Green Sandpiper
First resolution- start posting to my blog more regularly!! I have loads to say, honestly, but never get round to saying it.

Anyway, thats my pledge formally made.

What a year 2014 was. I remember last January setting my goals to have a 'good' year, with new species, new places, and immersing myself in birding life. Not a twitch- fest, but to maximise my birding.

Well, I think I succeeded. 14 new lifers, my first trip to a seacliff (scary!) my first...
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Ocaña Salt Marsh

Posted Friday 2nd January 2015 at 06:49 by Moncho
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Taking advantage of my visit to Aranjuez I went to the nearby Salobral de Ocaña. This temporary little marsh produce salt crusts. There is not special birds or animals. However this is a protected area for the variety and rarity of halophytes present as sea-lavender, statice, marsh-rosemarye and arbardine. Apart from the odd scenic beauty of the place. Despite I did not expect to see much wildlife I saw footprints in the mud what with this excrements in a prominent...
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Ocaña Salt Marsh

Posted Friday 2nd January 2015 at 06:49 by Moncho
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Taking advantage of my visit to Aranjuez I went to the nearby Salobral de Ocaña. This temporary little marsh produce salt crusts. There is not special birds or animals. However this is a protected area for the variety and rarity of halophytes present as sea-lavender, statice, marsh-rosemarye and arbardine. Apart from the odd scenic beauty of the place. Despite I did not expect to see much wildlife I saw footprints in the mud what with this excrements in a prominent...
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Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits with satellite transmitters in the East Asian-Aust

Posted Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 23:15 by Rick and Elis
Chris Hassell who is based in Broome in Western Australia reports that a number of Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits have had satellite transmitters attached to them to track their migration movements in the coming year for the EAAF satellite transmitter project being carried out by him, Ginny Chan, Lee Tibbitts and Theunis Piersma.

Sufficient numbers of Great Knot were caught on 22/10/2014 for the project's needs...http://www.waderquest.org/2014/12/gr...wits-with.html
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Mar de Ontígola. Aranjuez. Other species

Posted Friday 26th December 2014 at 13:29 by Moncho
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Beside purple swamphen I saw other species in Mar de Ontígola in Aranjuez. I could see four Marsh Harriers like this females or this male marsh harrier.
I also saw fourteen teals. In fact I was following them when I found the purple swamphens.
Also there were ten shovelers
I counted 24 mallards in a large group, although there was more single or in couples between the reeds.
Other less abundant species were three coots, great crested grebes...
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