What a great start to our 7 day tour of Extremadura, the weather was superb, bright and
sunny, with nice temperatures of around 25C.
The group assembled at Madrid airport, Ken, Lilian came with me from Andalucia, I
collected Peter from a Barajas Hotel whilst Bill, Rita, Ann and Barbara arrived at Barajas
airport, we all met up fairly easily and were on the road by 11:30am.
A comfortable and eventful ride found us at Jaraicejo by 1pm. We had stopped for coffee
and toilets and during the trip we had logged: Both Eurasian and Azure-winged
Magpies, as well as Black and Red Kites, Griffon and Black Vultures. At the
Heathland, near Jaraicejo, we found Dartford Warbler and a very showy Spectacled
Warbler. Other birds noted were Crested Lark, Corn Bunting, Blackcap and Linnet.
Next we stopped at the "three bridges" found just below Jaraicejo, where we spent a nice
hour or so listing many good species. A Common Nightingale showed well as did
Woodchat Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow, Kingfisher, White Stork, Grey Heron and
Grey Wagtail. We heard a Cetti's Warbler and a Common Cuckoo and watched a
lovely Short-toed Eagle circling above us. All in all, it was a great scenic place to visit
with plenty of birds to see.
RIO GUADIARO AT ESTACION DE CORTES Dawn and I were joined by John McClure, our American friend and budding birder also from Gaucin, for an afternoon of birding by the river. We just sat under our favourite tree and whiled away t...View Report
MARCHENILLA TRACK AND RIO HOZGARGANTE Today, Dawn and I met up with Mary, a birder from New Mexico and John, also an American, but who lives in Gaucin and is a good friend of ours. Mary is visiting John for a few days and insisted on ...View Report
ENCINAS BORRACHAS TRACK Today I met up with Paul and Claire who have also purchased a house in Gaucin and have been regular companions on my day tours and birding holidays over the last few years. We met early because we expected the ...View Report