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    Monte Gordo and Castro Marim area, Nov 2023

    Monte Gordo area, 13 to 22 November 2023 Another trip on foot and bicycle around the Monte Gordo / Castro Marim area. Warm and sunny every day. Despite being a bit restricted this time due to bad knees, old age etc, we saw 85 species. Most sightings were similar to previous visits (see our...
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    Monte Gordo, March 2023

    Our first visit after a 3-year absence, cycling and walking locally from 12 to 26 March. We saw 100 species, albeit that one was an escape! Notable (for us) sightings included Black-necked Grebes (five on the main saltpans), Ospreys (two on the mudflats from Vila Real harbour, one on the...
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    Monte Gordo March 2020

    The hide does indeed face south, over the river, but there are also west-facing window slots, from which we had really close views of a couple of Spotted Redshanks and other waders on the nearby mud banks, as well as more distant views of the saltpans for Flamingoes, Stilts etc. We found that...
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    Monte Gordo March 2020

    Thank you Gonçalo. Yes, in previous visits we saw many Crag Martins flying around the sea-facing buildings in Monte Gordo at almost ground level, as well as higher up alongside the Yellow Hotel... ...but none there this time. Forgot to mention that we had a Woodchat Shrike twice in the woods...
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    Monte Gordo March 2020

    Monte Gordo, March 2020 Another good visit, birding by bicycle and on foot. We had 94 species in our 10 days before early repatriation. Our best sightings were at Monte Gordo woods (west) (aka Aldeia Nova Lake). On our first visit there, there was a pair of Garganey (with the male in superb...
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    Monte Gordo - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Osprey

    Monte Gordo - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Osprey 22 October 2019: Good view of a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Monte Gordo woods (west) - an unusual sighting here? 18 October 2019: Adult Osprey on what appeared to be a recently-erected wooden platform in Castro Marim saltpan...
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    Kos, May 2018

    Kos Kos, 3 to 10 May 2019 Another cycling / walking holiday based at Tigaki, the same week as last year (see our post 27 May 2018). We saw 62 species overall, 12 fewer than last time, due in part to the cool strong wind in the first part of the week. Missing birds included raptors (Kestrel...
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    Chameleons and birds, Monte Gordo, Algarve

    Despite mixed weather, we had a productive time birding by bicycle and on foot from Monte Gordo from 11th to 23rd October. The non-avian highlight was 3 chameleons basking in the sun on the fence of the tennis court at the Vasco da Gama hotel, where there were also Hoopoe, Sardinian Warbler...
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    Kos, May 2018

    Kos, May 2018 We had a week in Kos from 5th May 2018. No doubt more species were seen by the organised birding tours that were there at the time (Wise Birding and Ornitholidays), but we did our own thing on foot and by bicycle from our base in Tigaki. Even without professional guides and with...
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    Castro Marim - Little Bustards and Stone-curlews

    ...and a Great Spotted Cuckoo 3 Little Bustards and 5 Stone-curlews on 6 March 2018 near saltworks entrance, same site as my post on 26 Nov 2017. No LBs seen at site 2, but 4 Stone-curlews there. Best bird of our trip though was a superb Great Spotted Cuckoo on 12 March - good close views...
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    Castro Marim - Little Bustards and Stone-curlews

    10th November. It was an adult, in the same area as one seen by us in late February 2017.
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    Castro Marim - Little Bustards and Stone-curlews

    We had excellent sightings of many Little Bustards and Stone-curlews in early November 2017 at two sites. They may well be reliable sites in future:- 1) Near the entrance to the saltworks. Go up the well-surfaced track from the N125-6 road between Castro Marim and Sao Bartolomeu (just south...
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    Birds of zakynthos?

    We stayed at the Sea View Hotel in Alykes for a week from 4 May 2017. This was a good relaxing holiday, and we took the opportunity to do some birding in the area, with a total of 50 species. We hired bicycles on a couple of days and walked along the coast and inland for the rest of the week...