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    Albino Osprey hatched in Spain

    El PaĆ­s 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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    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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    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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    Good news about Spanish vultures.

    Good news regarding vultures anywhere is hard to come by these days but recent breeding census results from Spain are encouraging. The 2017 census of Griffon Vultures found over 35,000 pairs, some 25% more than in 2008. The very interesting details may be found in the recent monograph 50 of the...
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    Cliff-nesting Common Swifts in Norfolk

    I was at Hunstanton Cliffs in NW Norfolk on 14 May and was interested to see Common Swifts Apus apus entering rock crevices within the chalk strata there. At least three different sites were being used, with pairs seen together entering two of them. I have been unable to discover whether this...
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    Lammergeier nesting in Picos de Europa

    A pair of Lammergeiers Gypaetus barbatus is currently incubating eggs at a nest in the Picos de Europa in the Cantabrian Range, N Spain. This is the first recorded instance of nesting in the Picos since the 1930s and the first in the Range since the 1960s. The pair, which was formed in 2014, is...
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    Iberian Chiffchaff in HBW Alive

    Further to the discussion of this species on Birdforum I have just updated this text, taking recent literature into account. Ernest Garcia (Editor HBW Alive)