Spanish birds, Spanish skies.
Just enjoy the photos, taken at different places in northeast Spain while out looking for birds. Sometimes you get to see the birds you want to see, at others you don’t, but get a thrill from the places you go to all the same.
Maybe you know where these photos were taken?
Perhaps we should provide a list of the birds you can usually see at each site. Would that make it any easier?
Are any of you birders planning a visit to Belchite? You know, Dupont’s Lark, Black-bellied Sandgrouse and associated company?
Here’s something for you to start familiarising yourself with the birds of this unique area:
And some of their local names too!
What a lovely detail this is for guests staying at the nearby Hotel Rincón del Cierzo. BirdingInSpain.com’s recommended accommodation for the Belchite steppes itinerary. We don’t recommend any old place you know, but rather the best-placed, well-regented and reasonably-priced establishments we know about. Do you get the picture?
If not, here it is again!
I don’t know how far people in the know go these days to define art, but here’s a minor contribution to the debate.
And another one:
This one’s not art, it’s about Choughs…
You could hang this one upside-down and it would be the right way up. Now isn’t that cool?
This one invites comment… I said “This one invites comment”….No?
The cold spells we have been through here in Catalonia have ensured that the Almond Trees didn’t start flowering until close to the end of February. In more settled, warmer winters flowering may advance a couple of weeks or even more, which puts the entire almond harvest at great risk from a late frost.
It’s a time worth waiting for. The days are drawing out, and one can easily be fooled into thinking that spring is already here. Especially when the strident tones of the marvellous Great Spotted Cuckoo ring out from a nearby tree on the plains, and I realize that it is not someone calling me on my mobile phone (the dial tone is a Great Spotted Cuckoo as chance would have it!) but rather the real thing.
Almond tree blossom with Great Spotted Cuckoos, bliss!
I’m glad February is gone,
it usually gets me in a foul mood
And then when I go out to do a spot of birding,
just to calm down a little bit,
I start seeing and hearing some strange things…
Am I the only one who’s glad February is behind us?