After a warm winter came a predictable wet and grey Spring. Fortulatelly tours have been keeping me busy, I finally found a little time to upload some updates on the Spring sightings.
A couple of displaying male Little Bustards have been regularly heard and seen on Vale Santo. Other regulars have been Little Owls, Tawny Pipits and of course the Choughs. At Cabranosa the Spectacled Warblers are around although shy as ususal, the Bee-eaters in the pine wood have been very cooperative, and this week a beutiful male Osceolated Lizard was seen enjoying the sun. Visits to the Cape usually bring all 3 species of Swifts in early mornings. Black-eared Weatears and Woodchat Shrikes were regularly present in the Peninsula during migration.
With the days growing hotter, early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to visit. The coastal walks bring great views the cliff-nestinhg White Storks, Shags and Black Redstarts.
A groups of 23 Audouins Gulls at Fonte Santa beach was a pleasant surprise. The dunes host nesting Bee-eaters and a good diversity of small birds, as well an incredible myriad of wildflowers. In the hills and valleys, the early mornings bring a remarkable chorus, and Nightingales sing non-stop by the streams. The scarce Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Common Redstarts and Crested tits are some of the birds to look for.
The usual feast. After the rare Bonaparte´s Gull, Collared Pratincoles were one of the birds present while on passage, as well as stopover flocks of waders – the sudden arrival of ~150 Whimbrels was one of April´s highlights. Little Terns, Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Purple Swamphens, and so many others make the visitor very happy. This week, a Little Gull and a couple of Whiskered Terns were some of the interesting birds around.
Not even mentioning the wildflowers! As for orchids, most of them are now over, but Pyramidal, Epitactis sp. and Serapias sp. are still here.
As Spring grows closer to Summer thing will heat up for sure, but Birdland will endure!