From tomorrow i shall be in Northern Portugal for a week of mountain and hillside birding
We travel from Brum to Porto at 7am tomorrow morning.
First and last night in Porto and the other 5 right at the top end of the Douro Valley at Miranda du Douro - half a mile down a road to the Spanish border. This is a repeat trip from 12 years ago and is because, like everyone else, we have been kept cooped up like battery hens by a Government who imho still does not want us to travel. I have never visited Rwanda so there is potential but from what i gather it’s only one-way.
Miranda has a great variety of habitats that includes rocky gorges as the valley steepens and intersects with 2 others only a few miles away. I borrowed a bike for a day last time and will try and do so again. It is still the only place i have seen Rock Sparrow so hopefully the colony is still there. Woodlarks sing from wires, Hawfinches feed around parkland pines and Turtle Doves nest on the ground under overhanging rocks. Griffon, Egyptian and Black Vultures float past local restaurant verandahs. Early hours yielded Scops, Long-eared and 3 Eagle Owls calling from scrubby forested hillsides. Cetti’s and Nightingale are everywhere along with Rock Bunting, Subalpine Warblers and Blue Rock Thrushes. Nearby are both Goldies and Bonelli’s. Not forgetting localised subspecies like Iberian Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker and Flava wags.....
What’s not to like! - i will post notes and pics to liven up the thread ;-)
Good birding -