Birds of the winter

Red Kite, Milvus milvus.

Red Kites flock at a site near Lleida. 

Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla.

Has anybody seen a Brambling this winter? I haven’t yet, but last year I saw more than a dozen in a single tree!

Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus, in flight

The Griffon Vulture may be a carrion-feeder but it still has its beauty. And most of them stay around in the winter.

 Snow on the Bellmunt drylands

Bellmunt drylands. No Little Bustards here now!Instead we can look out for Merlin, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Golden Eagle.

The Avellanes monastery in the Montsec range

The Avellanes Monastery as it is rarely seen. This is the doorway to the birds of the Montsec range as well as the drylands to the north of Lleida.


One Response to “Birds of the winter”

  1. Anna Says:
  2. Really great to at last see some info on birds in Spain. I’m curious as to why here in Marbella which is so green due to large areas of irrigation/golf courses we seem to have so few birds. People from the UK comment on the large numbers of sparrows. but robins and blackbirds are rare and I’ve never seen a starling and can count on one hand the number of blue tits I have seen. I put seed out almost every day but still it is virtually only sparrows that visit. Has anyone seen any other garden birds in Southern Spain of interest?

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