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.
We had a smashing week of sunshine and birding, it was a little too hot at times but we really enjoyed the rapot migration and the birds of La Janda.Overall the raptor passage was sporadic and not as good as recent years, there were one ...View Report
A long-weekend tour of this magnificent coastline included visits to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Inner Farne, Staple Island and Coquet Island a little further south. It was fantastic, a birder's heaven and one of the best birding expe...View Report
It was another very successful Tour of these three unique and contrasting areas, the scenery was stunning, the birds were amazing and the group was fantastic, we all gelled well and everyone enjoyed the trip. If anything, the weather was...View Report