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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 …

La Foradada – A Walk in the Serra de Montsia

Date of walk: 26th December Temperture in Tortosa: 16 degC Mountain Temp: approx 14 degC Distance: 5km This was a great walk up to the ridge the Serra Montsia – a small mountain range which looks out over the Ebro Delta.   It is Walk 29 in the Cicerone Guide Book- …

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 …

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 …

Barn Owls at the Ebro Delta

It was a stroke of luck that just before I turned off my computer on Saturday night I had a last peek at Facebook and noticed Cristian Jensen’s update: Sunday morning they were going to be ringing Barn Owls at the Riet Vell Nature Reserve on the Ebro Delta! Well, …