Last 14th of May we organized a short version of a Big Bird Day in Candeleda. The idea was to observe or hear the maximun number of differet bird species during only 4 hours in the surroundings of Candeleda.

Exciting, right?

We decided to make three teams of 3 to 5 persons. Each team would go birding to a particular area covering the best birding sites around Candeleda. In this way we could make a bird list of the most common birds which can be observed or hear at this time of the year, in only four hours.


We had a great time! All participants were very motivated returning their check-lists full of bird names. We had a total number of 76 bird species seen or heard among all teams, with a list of 51 species the winner!

We hope to do it again soon!

It was wonderful to observe a pair of Hobbies flying above their territory just returned from their wintering grounds in Africa. We wish them all the luck and much success during their stay at these latitudes!

List of species observed or heard
European bee-eater

Honey Buzzard
Short-toed treecreeper
Booted eagle
Golden Eagle
Woodchat Shrike
Common sandpiper
House martin
Crag martin
Sand martin
Griffon vulture
Black vulture
Commo Buzzard
Great Tit
White stork
Black stork
Zitting cisticola
Crested lark
Thekla Lark
Black Redstart
Great Cormorant
Great spotted cuckoo
Common cuckoo
Common raven
Short-toed (snake) eagle
Sardinian warbler
Subalpine warbler
Garden warbler
Cirl bunting
Corn Bunting
Spotless starling

Little egret
Cattle egret
Gray heron
Great egret
Yellow-legged gull
Lesser black backed gull
Barn swallow
Red-rumped swallow
Rock sparrow
House sparrow
Spanish sparrow
Blue tit
White Wagtail
Black kite
Red kite
Common blackbird
Long-tailed tit
European oriole
Feral pigeon
Wood pigeon
Spotted flycatcher
Red-legged partridge
European Robin
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Iberian azure-winged magpie
Common nightingale
Great Crested grebe
European Stonechat
European turtle dove
Collared dove
Eurasian Magpie
Common swift
Pallid swift
Melodious warbler
Mistle Thrush


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