I put forward two trips at a discount price for this edition of the Algarve Nature Week – one in Aljezur and one in Sagres.
The Aljezur one only had one person interested and did not happen (raincheck, Simon), but the Sagres one had 3 enrolments – Liz, a keen and helpful birdwatcher who came by bus from Portimão just to meet me; and Andrew and Karen, a friendly couple very interested in learning more about the birds.
We started at the Cape for some Gannets, and managed to get also good views of some Alpine Swifts. But it was windy! In the fields of Vale Santo, Corn Buntings were singing all over, and a lonely Yellow Wagtail was there to remind us that Spring migration is ongoing. Distant views of a Common Buzzard and an Osprey left us wanting more.
We decided to go for a walk to admire the local flora on a consolidated dune nearby. As usual at this time of year, this was probably the highlight of the morning. Bath White and Clouded Yellow butterflies were there too. But the sighting of a couple of Bee-eaters – my first of the season – left everyone with a smile on their face.
We finished at the harbor looking at young Cormorants and admiring a pair of Black Redstarts Karen found. We even saw a Swallowtail butterfly flying confused over fishing nets and ropes from the offshore oyster farm!
Thank you guys for the lovely morning.