Migration watching at Tarifa is extremely weather dependent, this year it was an unusually hot summer with little in the way of strong autumnal winds and subsequently migrant raptors passed over very early and very high up. Apart from two ‘mega’ days we saw hundreds per day rather than thousands. It was the same with migrant passerines, ‘nice’ weather meant that millions of warblers, flycatchers, wagtails etc. passed over into Africa unhindered without stopping or dropping along the Spanish coast.
These conditions did not spoil our birding we had a great time seeing over 160 species with some fantastic sightings: thousands of White Storks at La Janda, roosting Red-necked Nightjars, Black-winged Kites hunting, Honey Buzzards passing over in huge swarms and a flock of Little Swifts coming in to roost. These were just a few of our wonderful experiences during this migration watch, read on for much more……..Download Trip Report (2.16 MB)
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