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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 …

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 …

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 …

Common Cranes – In September on the Ebro?

A few days ago, (last Wednesday, 28th September to be exact) Keith and I were just pulling up in the car outside our house when from the corner of my eye I saw a large grey bird taking off from the other side of the river island. For a split …

Beer n Bitterns

We’ve had a couple of Little Bitterns around during the last two weeks. I wasn’t 100% sure when I first saw a skulking shape in reeds on the other side of the river. Then, from our balcony the following morning I was confident that I’d seen a bird in flight …

A Perfect Start to the Day at Sebes Nature Reserve

  6.30 am  Up, dressed, flask of coffee, binoculars, camera and off to Sebes Nature Reserve at Flix. 7 .00 am  The sun was just kissing the tops of the reeds as I settled myself in the hide. Scanned the small lagoon – nothing to be seen. Chirps of house …

6yrs and 6 short-toed eagles

It occurred to me this morning that we have lived in Spain exactly 6 years today! As I was drinking my coffee on the balcony contemplating our life here, the anniversary was nicely celebrated with the fly-past of 6 short-toed eagles – the first of the year!  They circled for …

200 Birds in 2011 – A Learner Birder Challenge!

It all started with a tweet! A tweet on twitter that is – not a bird call!  Last week I posted a comment on twitter something like this: “Decided that from Jan I’ll be a “proper” birder and start listing. Saw Great Bittern xmas day so methinks list has to …