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Recent content by Ernest Garcia

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    Spanish road trip - a few questions about returning rarities

    The Bald Ibises are also remarkably fond of the golf courses south of Chiclana, north of Vejer and inland of the Playa de la Barrosa. They may be seen on the greens from the roads serving the holiday complexes.
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    Spectacled Warbler? Central Spain

    I agree that it is a Spectacled Warbler. The pinkish bill with dark tip and culmen is obvious.
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    Albino Osprey hatched in Spain

    El País newspaper reports this morning the hatching of an albino Osprey, a world first apparently. The chick is the third and smallest of a brood of three hatched at Urdaibai reserve, on the Basque coast. It will be interesting to see if it survives to fledging since it is clearly weaker than...
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    Sea Eagle attacking a Heron

    An immature White-tailed Eagle that wintered at Santona estuary, Cantabria, Northern Spain a few years ago was reported as feeding on Grey Herons.
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    Gull / SW Spain

    Lesser Black-backed Gull.
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    Hawk Sri Lanka

    Booted Eagle (dark morph)
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    Rare Birds Spain Website

    Ricard Gutiérrez has discontinued the site, after 20 years providing what has been a most useful service. He is still posting information on Spanish rarities on Facebook and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/rarebirdspain)
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    Gibraltar Bird Report

    The 2019 Gibraltar Bird Report is now available on line on the GONHS website (www.GONHS.org). As usual, the Report comprises a Systematic List of 2019 records, including spring raptor counts, and a Ringing Report. There is also an analysis of Greater Flamingo movements at Gibraltar. Reports for...
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    Lovebirds in Gibraltar

    I have made enquiries and there don't seem to be any other reported sightings of anything similar in Gib at present. A photo of more plumage features would be useful to firm up the identification. It looks more like a Eupsittula parakeet than a lovebird to me. The most frequently reported parrot...
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    Honey buzzard migration

    The Honey-buzzards arriving now are tail-enders of the main spring passage at the Strait, which invariably peaks during the first ten days of May. They are likely to be adults from the northern part of the nesting range. Some passage continues right through June and there are stragglers...
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    Birds, SW Spain

    The second bird is a female Orphean Warbler; in the female the eyes are pale brown. The Lesser Whitethroat is a rarity in SW Spain, no doubt because its movements are orientated further east.
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    Lammergeiers hatch chick in Picos de Europa

    The Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) was a common inhabitant of the Cantabrian range, across northernmost Spain, until the 19th century but disappeared early in the 20th century. A reintroduction programme began there in 2010 in the Picos de Europa. The Asturian sector has just seen the first...
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    House Martins returned

    Crag Martins apart, southern Iberian hirundines do not winter in North Africa, nor even by and large in Iberia. They have to complete their annual post-breeding moult and this must require considerable energy resources over and above the day to day requirement. I am of the opinion that those...
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    Hi from Sevilla

    You will find that the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/Birdlife) is VERY keen to attract new members. The Society has a great deal to offer beginners. See their website www.seo.org Te recomiendo apuntarte de socia al SEO/Birdlife, que ofecen mucha ayuda a personas de todos los niveles de...