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Birdwatching tours in Spain guided by experienced and enthusiastic local ornithologists.

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Geolocators on Snipes

Studying the wintering ecology and migratory behaviour of the Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) and Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) in southeastern Spain Since winter 2008-2009 we are catching and ringing both species of Snipes aided by mist-nets in southeast Spain (Murcia), from October to February. The study area is located in the mouth of a small creek to the Mar Menor (a small salty lagoon [...]

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Redwings, siskins, bramblings and… a hoopoe!

During the non-breeding season, different species of finches and thrushes from central and northern Europe move in response to harsh weather conditions to southern Europe. On our birding trips at this time of the year we observe these wintering birds sharing the area with resident birds as our beloved Iberian azure-winged magpies (Cyanopica cooki).  But it is not rare either to see another bird [...]

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Sociable Lapwing in El Hondo (Alicante)

Last 1st of November, a Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarious) was observed in El Hondo Natural Park (Elche, Alicante) by Bryan Thomas. Subsequent observations in the same area has been reported by other observers until at least 13th of November. The bird was always observed with Northen Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus). This is the second record of the species in the Valencian Community where last time [...]

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Azure wings

Formerly treated as a race of the slighly larger Asian Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus), which breeds over a large area in eastern Asia, the Iberian Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cooki ) is among our most beloved resident birds and one of the four endemic bird species of the Iberian Peninsula. Within its breeding range, the core distribution lays on the southwest, although observations of [...]

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