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Extremadura May 2005

After a long delay we eventually left Madrid airport and headed Southwest for Trujillo. Our first birds were Common and Pallid Swifts hawking the terminal buildings quickly followed by Spotless Starling and Collared Dove. As we approached Trujillo bird sightings became more frequent and we added White Stork, Cattle Egret, Black & Red Kites and Crested Lark to our list.After settling into our rooms at Finca Santa Marta we toured the wonderful court yards and annexes and then onto the gardens. We quickly became acquainted with the sight and sound of Azure-winged Magpie and after a short walk we found Woodlark, Spanish Sparrow, Bee-eater, Melodious Warbler, Red-rumped Swallow and heard both Golden Oriole and Hoopoe. After dinner we sat on the patio and we could hear Scops Owl and Red- necked Nightjar.   

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