Posts Tagged ‘Birds’

Booted Eagles

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

Saw an amazing sight this morning, nine Booted Eagles hovering over Stig’s favourite Rabbit patch. The air was still, not a sound. All wildlife that knew what was good for them were laying low.

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

Bird Watching around Finca Arboleda

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

We thank Maria and Eugene for this Bird Watching report they sent us.

We hope the Twitchers out there enjoy it.

Birding-report from finca arboleda

17december till 31 december 2009

We visited the following area’s:

Rio Antas, Rio Almanzora, Faro de Roldan, Cabo de Gata and some inland area’s.

Rio antas: The mouth of this river is on the coastal road between Garrucha and Villaricos.  Take direction Puerta del Rey just north of the bridge and keep right until you reach the beach.

We found here: little brebe, great cormorant, mallard, shoveler, common pochard, coot, moorhen, yellow-legged gull, audouins gull, turnstone, sand martin,  cetti’s warbler. Seaside: mediterranean gull.

If you are lucky ( we weren’t), there is a chance to find the penduline tit in the reed.

Following the coastal road to the north, you see very quick a wetland on the left.

( turn left at the roundabout for the best view). In and above the water: common shelduck, mallard, shoveler, common teal, lapwing, Sardinian warbler and dartfort warbler.

Rio almanzora

The channelled bed of the this river is just south of Villaricos.

The seaside was good for black-necked grebe, razorbill, black-backed and black-headed gull, sandwich tern.

We followed the southern embankment for some km’s direction Cuevas. There is hardly traffic here and you can stop everywhere. It was one of the best birdplaces this vacation: cattle egret, little egret, grey heron, black-winged stilt, greenshank, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, dunlin, kentish plover, little ringed plover, common snipe, jack snipe, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, rock pipit, meadow pipit’ bluethroat, crested lark, grey shrike, hoopoe, stone curlew, jackdaw, goldfich and greenfinch.

Faro de Roldan

On the coastal road south of Carbonera. You can drive to the faro, but there is also an interesting walktrack. We visited the faro with stormy weather: northern gannets and mediterranen shearwaters above the sea. Near hte rocks a colony of shags and peregrine falcon, black wheatear, red-legged partridge, serin and rockbunting in the mountains.

Cabo de gata

A cardrive of one hour from Finca Arboleda. Follow direction Retamar.

At 6 km’s after the Retamar roundabout, there is a visitors centre with parking.

Here starts a walkingtrack direction radio-beacon.

We were lucky to see here: sardinian warbler, lesser short-toed lark, thekla and crested lark, common krestel, hobby, golden eagle, black-bellied sandgrouse and a great spotted cuckoo.

In the salina’s were flamingo’s, spotted redshank, common redshank, grey and golden plover, audouins and slender-billed gull, curlew and black-tailed godwit.

Reaching the Cape, Maria was very lucky to discover some trumpeter finches !!

We saw only a few birds in the inland steppe-area’s like Cuevas de Los Ubedos, surroundings of Tabernas and Sierra de Maria.

( probably not so productive for birds in winter).

And at last: Michael showed us a photo of a hoopoe-nest in a plastis little barrel.

The photo was taken near his Finca in the month of december.

Nestplace and nesttime are very remarkable.

Maria van Balkom

Eugène van der Linden

Baby Hoopoes cont’d

Thursday, December 24th, 2009


Tom went back to the Hoopoes and two are still alive, she took this lovely picture. Since then we’ve had very high winds and the container has blown over so the hole in the top is now at the bottom, safer for them hopefully. The mother feeds them through the side opening.

What a start to life, fingers crossed that they survive.

Not a happy ending…

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Our friend Tom found a bird, probably a Hoopoe, which had had her chicks in an old petrol container. December is not the normal time for breeding so we were a bit concerned about them, it has really been like Spring here since October. The next night we had a big thunder storm and the chicks were dead in the morning.

If you know the area they were near Asprodalba, I’ve stolen the following photos from her blog, she won’t mind, if I don’t tell her!


Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

“Some birdwatchers are keen rarity seekers and will travel long distances to see a new species to add to one of their “lists”, e.g., life list, national list, state list, county list, etc. These fanatical birders are commonly known by the light-hearted slang term twitchers, particularly in the United Kingdom (though non-birders often mistakenly use twitcher as a synonym for birder or birdwatcher).”

I’m not sure whether David who stayed here last week would like to be known as a Twitcher but he and Kipper who was here with him and their wives the previous week were certainly pretty keen. David kindly left a list of the birds he saw in the area between 26th April and 10th May 2008.

Here is the list for those who are interested.

Lesser Grey Shrike, Black Winged Stilt, Black Wheatear,

Wheatear (Northern), Grag Martin, Roller, Turtle Dove,

Collared Dove, Grey Headed Woodpecker, Pied Flycatcher,

House Martin, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Bee-eater, Hoopoe,

Serin, Spotless Starling, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike,

Stone Curlew, Crested Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift,

Spotted Cuckoo, Spotted Fly Catcher, Linnet, Goldfinch,

Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Whinchat, Swallow, Little Owl,

Kestrel, Kite.