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  1. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Jun 13: near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire Short work visit back to UK, and managed to catch up with a couple of species whilst out on site that are just passage migrants in the Algarve. 184. Sedge Warbler * 185. Sand Martin
  2. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Jun 04: Salinas do Forte do Rato, Tavira Met a friendly English birder the other day who gave me more specific directions to the stone curlews. Would've liked to have gone out first thing, but had a work Teams meeting, so had a late afternoon / early evening session instead - unfortunately...
  3. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    I've still not seen white-backed or three-toed - not seen Syrian since 1973, and my last LSW was with a winter tit flock in the Derwent Valley, Co. Durham in about 2002, where I very much doubt they still occur. Iberian green can be really easy here (like the juvenile I saw from my apartment...
  4. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    June 02: Tavira Finally some unequivocal pallid swifts this year - four in a narrow street giving excellent views. We'd taken binoculars down to the town partly in the expectation of some swifts to sort through, but with close flypast views they weren't needed. 182. Pallid Swift
  5. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 29: Lagoa de Aldeia Nova, VRSA Every time I've been to this site this year I've heard Iberian green woodpeckers calling, without setting eyes on any. On a hot afternoon the pinewoods were quiet, but I finally saw a pair flying through the trees, one of which landed on the side of a pine...
  6. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 28: Santa Luzia, Tavira Evening visit just after sunset to catch up with two crepuscular species - nice flight view of a red-necked nightjar silhouetted against the evening sky, reminding me how big they are compared to common nightjar - and a little owl on a wire. Haven't done any birding...
  7. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 17: Castro Verde / northern Algarve Last full day on my own with no work, so I thought I'd have another go at the steppe birds of the Castro Verde plains, after dipping the bustards and sandgrouse last time. I visited some of the same stakeouts (perhaps mistakenly!), albeit in a different...
  8. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    I think I might need to go to Spain one day to have more chance of connecting though...western olivaceous warbler is another which doesn't really get across the border, but should be relatively easy this side of Seville. There's also spectacled warbler which I've never seen yet, and which was...
  9. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    It wasn't bad! All three at one site too - I'm just left slightly regretting I didn't connect with Western Orphean warbler, as that's a lot harder here than any of the three I saw today.
  10. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 15: Serra do Caldeirão, Algarve Decided to devote a day to exploring some sites in the hills of the eastern Algarve, with a few targets in mind for both year and life lists, as well as the more prosaic pursuit of filling in another concelho on my eBird map. I visited 3 sites in São Bras de...
  11. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 14: Salinas do Forte do Rato, Tavira Early evening visit to my local saltpans, with two year list targets in mind, which duly obliged. Still a few waders around - as well as the resident avocets, black-winged stilts and Kentish plover, I also recorded turnstone, dunlin, redshank...
  12. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 13: Castro Marim, Portugal My first visit to the saltpans and saltmarshes around the derelict-looking visitor centre for about 10 years, on a grey and rainy October day which contrasted with the 26C and sunshine today. I'd had a morning stroll around Lagoa de Aldeia Nova followed by a beach...
  13. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    May 07: Weetslade, North Tyneside Back in UK and catching up with a couple of local species which will be difficult in the Algarve - estimated 7 willow warbler territories, and got a couple of good views of singing birds, plus an excellent view of a whitethroat. No such luck with the 2 reed...
  14. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Apr 24: Heraklion, Crete A non-birding trip which was originally scheduled for 2022, and was going to be an autumn break on the coast - flights postponed twice for different reasons, and we ended up having a city break doing tourist stuff. A very sparse bird list somehow managed to involve two...
  15. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Apr 18, Parque Ambiental, Vilamoura I needed to go to Faro to sort something out with my car, so I thought I might as well travel a little further still and check out the wetlands and fields of the Parque Ambiental - my second visit to this site. Just like last time, I was soon being taunted...
  16. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    16 April: Porto Carvalhoso, Tavira, Portugal An unfortunately too brief trip back to Portugal, with a few admin things to sort out as I'm now a Portuguese tax resident, and a report to work on. Decided on a morning visit to pick up some inland species in the hills of Tavira concelho, about 20...
  17. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    12 April: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland My first chance to visit the Northumberland coast on this short trip to UK, and decided on a walk to Beacon Point as there were a few potential year list additions on eBird. Unfortunately I had very little spare space in my bag on the way back to...
  18. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Apr 11: Blagdon, Northumberland I've not done any dedicated birding over the last few weeks - been to Paris and saw more short-toed treecreepers and rose-ringed parakeets, and just had a flyover sparrowhawk this morning at my partner's place near Newcastle, but no new year list additions. I...
  19. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    It's a small wholesale fish market, pretty much all octopus with the odd fish I believe - it used to have a thriving swift colony until the building was repainted and the entry holes beneath the roof filled :(
  20. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Mar 16: Santa Luzia, Tavira Only one addition to the year list over the past week - common swifts are back, unfortunately still trying to access their blocked up nest sites in the octopus market... 147. Common Swift
  21. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Mar 15: Lagoa de Aldeia Nova, VRSA Another visit to the lagoon with my partner this time, successfully seeing the Red-knobbed coot again and photographing it in less harsh light, on a misty day. Was hoping for great crested cuckoo, but instead unexpectedly heard a common cuckoo calling. Taunted...
  22. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Mar 14: Quatro Aguas, Tavira Went to the left bank saltpans about two hours before high tide, when the waders were still around on the old tidal-flooded pans. A couple of new year list species which were also new to my Portugal list - a flock of knot on the saltpans (I think only a migrant here)...
  23. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Mar 05: Lagoa de Aldeia Nova, VRSA I've been a bit out of sorts over the past couple of days, unsure whether I'd perhaps caught Covid on the plane over (top tip: don't check in late in order to score a free extra legroom seat as I did, they might give you 1C - you end up getting coughed over and...
  24. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    It was part of a group of five - all apparent adults, but only two were flushed pink.
  25. kb57

    kb57's 2024 Year List

    Mar 03: Tavira Did a circuit around Salinas do Forte do Rato on Saturday, walking out on the cycle path to Ribeira do Almargem and back through the saltpans. No new year list additions, aside from an unfamiliar call of a small bird flying briefly overhead. IDed by Merlin as Common Waxbill -...
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