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Swifts, Swallows and House Martins – which are which?

It is May and for several weeks now the skies have been full of House Martins, Swallows and Swifts that  have returned from their wintering grounds in Africa. It  truly is a delight to watch their frenetic spring activity as they gather together on telephone lines, screech through the sky, …

Spring in Spain 2013 – Disastrous Weather

We have had the most peculiar weather in Spain so far this year. February was cold, March was the rainiest March since 1940-something and then April carried on the misery with more rain, grey skies and cold North winds. It hasn’t been bad every day, there have been quite a …

Little Bitterns Breed in Mora d’Ebre

It was last August that I saw my first ever Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) and it was right here in Mora d’Ebre, from the balcony of our lounge! Though often seen at the Ebro Delta or at the nature reserve in Flix I wasn’t aware that the Little Bittern was present …

Purple Heron and Snake at the Ebro Delta

A couple of days ago I accompanied a couple of our guests to the Ebro Delta.  Within minutes of getting onto the Delta we saw Whiskered Tern, Glossy Ibis, Black-winged stilt and more. We visited  bird hides at Riet Vell reserve and around La Tancada lagoon. Just some of the …

Flying High on Stork-ringing Day!

I am a regular visitor to Sebes Nature Reserve at Flix so over the last few years I’ve got to know some of the staff there.  Last June I had asked one of the wardens there to let me know when the bird-ringers were going to be  ringing the storks. …

Sebes Nature Reserve – Flix

Sebes is small Nature Reserve about 20 mins drive from us, on the outskirts of the town of Flix. There are 206 hectares in total which runs in a fairly narrow strip alongside the left bank of the River Ebro. It consists of reedbeds, river islands, tamarisk woods, lagoons and …

The 2011 Birding Challenge – Final Total

And the total for my 2011 Birding Challenge was ….. ..drum roll………….. 158 species! So, I failed to meet the target but I don’t think I failed – if that makes sense!  I suppose I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get a bit nearer but I achieved  more than …