Birdwatching in Extremadura (Spain)

May 01 – 12, 2005

 
 


Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Introduction

From May 1 - 12, 2005 I observed 96 bird species in the steppelands, dehesas and national parks of Extremadura. 9 of these species could be documented by digiscoping and are displayed in the Species List of this report.

Itinerary
May 01, 2005: Flight from Berlin-Tegel to Sevilla via Palma de Mallorca. Arrival at 16:30. Take-over of a rented car and drive from Servilla Airport on the road N-630 towards Mérida, then on the roads EX-318 and EX-103 to Llerena. Arrival at 20:30 and accommodation in the Hostal Los Angeles.
May 02, 2005: Drive from Llerena on the roads N-432, BA-027, EX-103, and EX-343 via Hornachos to the Embalse de Molinos de Machatel. Birdwatching in the surroundings of the reservoir. Continuation of the journey on the roads EX-343 and EX-103 to Castuera and from there on the EX-104 to Cabeza del Buey. Accommodation for the next 4 nights in the Hotel Polideportiva Municipal.
May 03, 2005: Drive from Cabeza del Buey through the steppeland of Serena to Presa del Zújar (dam of Zújar) Birdwatching in the treeless steppland and on the Isla del Zújar, a peninsula in the reservoir.
May 04, 2005: Drive from Cabeza del Buey on the road EX-322 to the intersection with the EX-323. From there continuation into the steppeland of La Serena until I reached the Embalse de la Serena. Birdwatching in the steppeland. Thereafter drive on the EX-322 to Siruela, Tamurejo, and Garbayuela. Birdwatching in this area. Return journey via Siruela, Sancti Spiritus, and Capilla to Cabeza del Buey.
May 05, 2005: Drive from Cabeza del Buey into the steppeland of La Serena north of the town and to the Embalse del Zújar. Birdwatching in the steppeland and at the south bank of the Río Zújar. On the return journey to Cabeza del Buey a detour to Puebla de Alcocer on the EX-103. Birdwatching in the surroundings of the castle.
May 06, 2005: Drive from Cabeza del Buye through the steppeland of La Serena to the Embalse de Zújar. Along the south bank of the Río Zújar I reached the road EX-115. Via Acedera (N-430) I reached Trujillo following the EX-355 and the EX-208. At 16:30 arrival in Torrejón el Rubio. Accommodation in the Hotel Carvajal for the next three nights. Birdwatching in the surroundings of the paddyfields of Acedera and the Castillo de Trujillo. In th late afternoon first visit in the Parque Natural de Monfragüe. Observation of Griffin Vultures from the Salto del Gitano.
May 07, 2005: Drive to the Parque National de Monfragüe. Birdwatching at the Salto del Gitano and hiking tour to the Castillo de Monfragüe.
May 08, 2005: Drive to the Parque National de Monfragüe. Birdwatching at the Salto del Gitano and hiking tour to the Mirador del Tajadillo.
May 09, 2005: After a last visit of the Salto del Gitano I left Torrejón el Rubio. On the EX-390 I drove towards Caceres. 10 km before the town I made a detour though the steppeland to Santa Maria de Magasca. From there I continued via La Cumbre, Plasenzuela, Las Golondrinas, Torremocha, Torreorgaz, Cáceres, Malpartida de Cáceres to Aliceda. Accommodation for one night in the Pensión El Cortijo.
May 10, 2005:
Drive from Aliseda to Brozas. Birdwatching at Río Salor and in the steppeland south of Brozas. Continuation via Herreruela (N-521) and Aliseda (N-521) to Badajoz. Accommodation in the Hotel Acuarel at kilometre 6,5 at the N-432.
May 11, 2005: Drive via La Albuera (N-432), Almendral (N-435), Olivenza (EX-105), Cheles (EX-315), Alconchel (EX-314), Villanueva del Fresno (EX-107) to Jerez de los Caballeros (EX-112). Accommodation for one night in the Hotel Los Templarios.
May 12, 2005: Drive from Jerez de los Caballeros via Fregenal de la Sierra (N-435), Aracena (N-433) to Sevilla (N-630). Departure from the Airport of Sevilla via Palma de Mallorca to Berlin-Tegel.

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds obtained by digiscoping using a Nikon Coolpix 4500 in combination with a telescope Swarovski AT 80 HD.

Ornithological literature used
Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most CompleteField Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999, ISBN 0-00-219728-6.
John Muddeman, A Birdwatching Guide to Extremadura, Arlequin Press, Chelmsford, Essex 2000, ISBN 1-900159-31-1
J. A. Montero y colaboradores, Dónde ver aves in España. Los 100 mejores lugares, Lynx editions, Bellaterra y SEO/ Birdlife 2005, ISBN 978-84-87334-85-6
Ernest Garcia, Andrew Paterson, Where to watch birds in Southern Spain, Andalucía, Extremadura and Gibraltar, Christopher Helm (Publishers) Ltd, London 1994, ISBN 0-7136-3859-1

Maps for the orientation in the area

Michelin 576 Regional España, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Mapa de Carreteras y turístico, Scale 1 : 400 000, Michelin Ediciones de Viaje, Madrid, ISBN 2-06-100907-7

Links to Birding in Extremadura
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/spain_extremadura.html


Excursions

01.05.2005
, 19:30-20:30

EX-318/EX-103, Venta de Culebrin Llerena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
18 °C, sunny.
Coming on the N-630 from Sevilla I turned off in Venta de Culebrin via the roads EX-318 and EX-103 to Llerena. The following bird species were observed along the road.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):  5, soaring over the dehesas.

Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
2, at the edge of the road.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
100 (at least), roosting on the road or on powerlines along the road.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, in a shrub.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
8, flying.

01.05.2005, 21:00-21:30
Llerena, Plaza de España, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the magnificent parochial church at the Plaza de España in Llerena.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying or at nests under the roof of the church.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, on the steeple of the church.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), on the plaza.

02.05.2005, 07:00-08:00
Llerena, Hostal Los Angeles, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
Before and short after sunrise the following bird species were observed from the window of the hotel room.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
30 (at least), flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on the roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), on the roofs.

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Hostal Los Angeles, Llerena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(02.05.2005)

02.05.2005, 09:00-09:30
Llerena, Plaza de España, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
Before I left Llerena I walked once more around the church at the Plaza de España. The following bird species were observed.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, flying around the tower of the church.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20, in holes in the wall of the church.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
30 (at least), flying around the church.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, in the smaller streets in the surroundings of the church.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
30 (at least), flying around the church.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
6, flying around the steeple of the church.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on a roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), on the plaza.

 

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Church at the Plaza de España, Llerena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(02.05.2005)

02.05.2005, 10:10-10:40
BA-027, bridge over a small river, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, sunny.
Halfway between Berlanga (N-432) and Higuera de Llerena (EX-103) the road Ba 027 crosses a small river. At that point the following bird species were observed.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3, near houses.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
3, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, flying.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5, on grass- or farmland.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1.

 

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BA-027, Provincia Badajoz
(Extremadura, Spain)
(02.05.2005)

02.05.2005, 11:30-12:30
EX-343, Casa GavilanesHornachos, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
In Casa Gavilanes I turned off from the road EX-103 and drove on the road EX-343 towards Hornachos. The following bird species were observed.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
2, soaring over the olive groves.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
4, at the edge of the road.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
4, two calling, later two flying.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, singing, on a powerline.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, singing.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
3.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a powerline.
Rabbit (Oryctólagus cunículus, Wildkaninchen):
2, on the road.

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Sierra Grande de Hornachos, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(02.05.2005)

02.05.2005, 12:50-13:35
Hornachos, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in Hornachos, a village at the road EX-343.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a powerline.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
1, on a powerline.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, on a thistle.

02.05.2005, 13:50-15:00
Embalse de los Molinos de Matachel, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
From Hornachos I drove to the Embalse de los Molinos de Matachel. At this reservoir and a nearby bridge I could observe the following bird species.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, flying. The yellow feet could be recognized.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
8, swimming.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, at the crown of the dam wall. No white bar in the opened wing.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the crown of the dam.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
6, on cliffs at the water's edge.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
4, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
3 (at least), on the path.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
4, at the edge of the reservoir.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing near a bridge.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, in a reedbed.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on grassland.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, flying.

 

 

DSCN 3584, DSCN 3586, DSCN 3589, and DSCN 3599
Embalse de los Molinos de Matachel, Provincia Badajoz
(Extremadura, Spain)
(02.05.2005)

02.05.2005, 16:00-16:30
Presa de Campillo, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
North of Campillo is a small reservoir at the westside of the road EX-103. There the following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, at a nest on a low tower.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 males, swimming.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, in the forest.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 males, in the nest of a White Stork.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing, in the forest.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a powerline.

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Presa de Campillo, Provincia Badajoz
(Extremadura, Spain)
(02.05.2005)

02.05.2005, 17:00-17:30
Castuera, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
In the centre of the small town the following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, on the tower of the church. There were at least five nests.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, at the church.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), on the streets.

03.05.2005, 09:45-16:00
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 – 25 °C, fair or sunny.
I drove on the road EX-104 from Cabeza del Buey 3 km westwards. Then I turned northwards to the reservoir of Zújar (Embalse del Zújar). This road leads straight through the rolling treeless steppes of La Serena. There are only some groups of Eucalyptus along this road. After 16 km I turned eastwards on an unmade road signposted to Calderuela. After about 7 km I turned back to the mainroad and continued to the Presa del Zújar at the northern side of La Serena. – The following 21 species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
13, 6 of them on the steppeland, 3 at nests on trees, 2 on a nest on a house.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, gliding over the steppeland.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, gliding over the steppeland.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
5 (2,3), gliding over the steppeland or sitting on a rock.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, landing in an Eucalyptus plantation.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
1, gliding over the steppeland.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
4, gliding over the steppeland.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
3, hovering over the steppeland.
Great Bustard (Otis tarda, Großtrappe):
16 (13,3), on Steppeland near a farm.
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola, Rotflügel-Brachschwalbe):
21, in the morning 8 on ploughed steppland, in the evening 13 flying northwards over the steppland.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis, Sandflughuhn):
2, flying off. Birds of the size of a Feral Dove with black belly and golden-brown upperparts.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
17, 5 of them on steppeland, 12 flying.
Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo, Uhu):
1, run dead, at an Eucalyptus plantation. There I found also the plucked feathers of a Common Raven and a tail feather of a Common Buzzard.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
4, 2 calling, 2 other were also seen.
Crested or Thekla’s Lark (Galerída cristáta or theklae, Hauben- oder Theklalerche):
15 (at least).
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
40 (at least), the most abundant bird species in the area.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4 (at least), flying over the steppeland.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
3, 1 of them on the steppeland, 2 flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
7 (at least), 5 of them on the roof of a farmhouse.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, near a farmhouse.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a fence.
Jeweled Lizard (Lacérta lépida, Perleidechse):
1, a very great green lizard, at least 50 cm long. Fast running in the steppeland.

 

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La Serena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(03.05.2005)

03.05.2005, 16:00-18:35
Isla del Zújar, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, fair.
I walked along a path around the Isla del Zújar, which in reality is a peninsula in the Embalse del Zújar. – The following 24 bird species could be observed.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
4, swimming.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, on the roof of the restaurant.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, gliding over the water of the reservoir.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, gliding over the water of the reservoir.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, landing on a pylon of a high-voltage powerline.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
2, 1 of them at the dam wall.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
3, flying off.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, on the water's edge.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, 2 of them flying, 1 calling.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, calling.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling (unambigously identified!).
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, on the path, later on a tree.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
100 (at least), at the dam wall. There was a breeding colony.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, at the water's edge or flying.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
2, on trees.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a pine.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
4, 2 of them singing..
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), at the water's edge.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
1 male could be seen, but maybe, more than 100 of them were in the Eucalyptus trees at the water's edge.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, calling.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
10 (at least).

 

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Isla de Zújar, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(03.05.2005)

04.05.2005, 08:00
Cabeza del Buey, Hotel Polideportivo, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
18 °C, overcast.
In the surroundings of the Hotel Polideportivo the following bird species were observed.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
30, flying or constructing their nests.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on a lawn.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on a roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2.

04.05.2005, 11:00-12:05
EX-322, Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
18 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the road EX-322 on steppeland between Cabeza del Buey and the junction with the road EX-323.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 female, flying.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
4, 1 of them on the ground, 3 flying.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
3, on steppeland.
Stone-Curlew (Búrhinus oedicnémus, Triel):
1, flying.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis, Sandflughuhn):
2, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, 2 of them flying, 1 calling.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
2, flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
2, flying.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on steppeland.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), on steppeland.

04.05.2005, 12:15-15:40
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
Halfway between Cabeza del Buey and the Embalse de la Serena I turned off from the EX-322 and drove westwards into the steppeland of La Serena. I followed several untarmaced roads until I reached the Embalse de la Serena opposite to the Castle of Alcocer. – The following bird species were observed.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, flying.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
16, flying off from steppeland.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
3, hovering over steppeland
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
1.
Little Owl (Athéne nóctua, Steinkauz):
1, on a rock.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
3, on the ground, one of them was partly albinotic.
Short-toed Lark (calandrella brachydactyla, Kurzzehenlerche):
1, on the ground. This bird was smaller than the Calandra Larks.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
8, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on a fence.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling): 200, on a fence in the steppeland.

 

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Steppeland south of the Embalse de La Serena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(04.05.2005)

04.05.2005, 16:15-17:20
Siruela, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, heiter.
Coming from La Serena on the road EX-322 I crossed the Embalse de la Serena via a bridge. Then I turned off to Sancti Spiritus and reached Siruela at 16:15. – The following bird species were observed in this village.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
3, at nests on the church.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
8, on the roof of the church.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
4, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying around the church.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, on the roof of the church.

 

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White Storks breeding in the centre of Siruela, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(04.05.2005)

04.05.2005, 17:20
Río Siruela, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
From Siruela I drove to Tamurejo and Garbayuela. On this route I passed a bridge over the Río Siruela about 3 km north of Tamurejo. – The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of this bridge.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, attacked by 2 Azur-winged Magpies.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
2, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
3, 2 of them attacking a Common Buzzard.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

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Dehesas between the Río Siruela and the Río Guadalemar
, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(04.05.2005)

04.05.2005, 18:00
Road between Tamurejo and Garbayuela, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
The road from Tamurejo to Garbayuela leads through dehesas. There the following bird species were observed.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, calling. 1 of the birds could be observed at a hole in an old tree.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
1, on the ground, with feed for its nestlings.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, calling. This bird was also seen.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a tree.

04.05.2005, 18:50-19:10
Río Guadalemar southeast of Garbayuela, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
On the route from Tamurejo to Garbayuela the road crosses the Río Guadalemar. In the surroundings of this bridge the following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1.

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Bridge over the Río Guadalemar near Garbayuela, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(04.05.2005)

05.05.2005, 07:30
Cabeza del Buey, Hotel Polideportivo, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, fair.
Shortly after sunrise the following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the hotel.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
30 (at least), flying or constructing their nests.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on a lawn.

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Hotel Polideportivo in Cabeza del Buye, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(05.05.2005)

05.05.2005, 09:00-11:00
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, fair.
This morning I turned off westwards from the main road from Cabeza del Buey to the Embalse de Zújar and drove into the steppeland with the hope to find sandgrouses. – The following bird species could be observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
40, 28 of them on steppeland, 12 flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
7 (4,3), flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
5 (3,2), gliding over steppeland.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1 of the light morphe.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
5, 3 of them on a fence.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis, Sandflughuhn):
14 (2 + 2 + 2 + 8), flying or feeding on the steppeland. Characteristic voice.
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata, Spießflughuhn):
4, flying. Two of them landed on steppeland and could be observed for longer time with the telescope.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
50, on steppeland.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
5, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, calling. One of these birds could also be seen.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
20 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, near a farmhouse.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
4, on a roof.

 

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The steppeland of La Serena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(05.05.2005)

05.05.2005, 11:50-16:00
Río Zújar, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
Coming from La Serena I reached the dam wall of the reservoir of Zújar (Presa de Embalse del Zújar) and parked the car at a parking place. Then I walked on a path between the River Zújar and an irrigation channel (Canal del Zújar) about 3 km westwards, before I returned to the car. – The following 28 bird species could be observed.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, flying.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
4, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, flying.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
3, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
7, swimming on the river.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1, swimming, on the river.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
30 (at least), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
3, 1 of them calling, 2 flying off.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, on the ground.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
200 (at least), flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the river.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
7, singing.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a fence.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
2, calling.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
100 (at least), nesting on Eucalyptus trees.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
50 (at least), sandbathing on a path.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, flying. Bright yellow rump.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, calling.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, singing.

 

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Río Zújar, west of the Embalse de Zújar,
Provincia Badajoz ( Extremadura, Spain)
(05.05.2005)

05.05.2005, 17:00-17:05
Presa de la Serena, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, sunny.
From the River Zújar I drove back to the dam wall of the reservoir Embalse de la Serena. – There the following bird species were registered.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
3, swimming on the reservoir.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 males, swimming on the reservoir.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
200 (at least), at the dam of the reservoir.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
3, at the dam of the reservoir.

05.05.2005, 17:30-20:15
Puebla de Alcocer, Castillo, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, sunny.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2, on the roof of the castle.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on the castle.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
10 (at least), flying around the old castle.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4 (at least), flying around the castle.
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura, Trauersteinschmätzer):
1, on the walls of the castle and on the rocks nearby (Photos).
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on the walls of the castle.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Chough (Pyrrhócorax pyrrhócorax, Alpenkrähe):
1, flying, in the surroundings of the castle.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
3 (at least), on the old castle.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2 (at least), breeding in the wall of the castle.

 

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Puebla de Alcocer, Provincia Badajoz, Extremadura (Spain)
(05.05.2005)

05.05.2005, 21:00
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, sunny. – Sunset was at 21:15.
I crossed once more the steppelands of La Sarena on the route from the Embalse de Zújar to Cabeza del Buey. – The following bird species were observed.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
2, flying.
Great Bustard (Otis tarda, Großtrappe):
4 females, on steppeland.
Little Bustard (Otis tetrax, Zwergtrappe):
1 female, at the edge of the road. Feeding in the low vegetation of the road embankment.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis, Sandflughuhn):
1, flying.

06.05.2005, 07:30-10:00
La Serena, north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
18 °C, sunny.
At sunrise (07.30) I crossed the steppeland of La Serena for the last time. Again I was interested in typical steppe birds. – The following 17 bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
4, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
2, flying.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
4, hovering.
Great Bustard (Otis tarda, Großtrappe):
4 males, on steppeland.
Little Bustard (Otis tetrax, Zwergtrappe):
5 (2 + 2 +1) males, on steppeland, east of the main road from Cabeza del Buey to the Embalse del Zújar.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis, Sandflughuhn):
10 (5 + 3 + 2), flying.
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata, Spießflughuhn):
2, flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, flying.
Little Owl (Athéne nóctua, Steinkauz):
1, on a rock.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
2, calling.
Short-toed Lark (calandrella brachydactyla, Kurzzehenlerche):
1.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
20 (at least), flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a rock.

 

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La Serena, the steppeland north of Cabeza del Buey, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(06.05.2005)

06.05.2005, 10:20-11:00
Río Zújar, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, sunny.
Driving along the River Zújar from the dam wall in western direction up to the bridge of the road EX-115 over the Río Zújar the following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, swimming.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
4 (2 ad. + 2 juv.), on a fence.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.

06.05.2005, 11:00-11:55
EX-115, bridge over the Río Zújar, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed at the bridge, where the road EX-115 from Campanario to Orellana la Vieja crosses the Río Zújar.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
12, flying or at nests near the old bridge.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
6, swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 male, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, flying.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, on the road.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
2, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
4, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing.

 

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Río Zújar near to the road EX-115, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(06.05.2005)

06.05.2005, 11:55-13:00
Acedera, road N-430, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
27 °C, sunny.
Coming from Orellana la Vieja I reached the road N-430 near Acedera. I parked the car at the Bar Restaurante Acueducto Primero and walked to the Río Gargáligas. There were also some paddy-fields with shallow water. The following bird species were observed in the surroundings.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, in the shallow water of one of the paddy-fields.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, circling.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the edge of a paddy-field.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
5 (at least), singing.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing in a reedbed, besides Great Reed Warblers. (The Reed Warbler is a summer resident in Spain.)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
3, singing in reedbeds.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1 male, with grey head.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
8, sand-bathing on a path.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1.

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Río Gargáligas and the aqueduct near Acedera, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(06.05.2005)

06.05.2005, 14:10-15:20
Trujillo, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
27 °C, sunny.
On the route from Acedera to Torrejón el Rubio I stopped in Trujillo and walked from the town centre to the castle (Castillo). – The following bird species were observed.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, circling around the castle.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
100 (at least), flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
30 (at least), flying in the surroundings of the castle.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
4, breeding in the walls of the castle.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), in the surroundings of the castle.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
2, at the castle, on the ground.

 

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The centre of Trujillo, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(06.05.2005)

06.05.2005, 18:35
Monfragüe, Villarreal de San Carlos, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
27 °C, fair.
In Villarreal de San Carlos I visited the information centre of the Parque natural de Monfragüe. – The following bird species were observed in the village.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying, at the church.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), at the church.

06.05.2005, 18:55-19:15
Monfragüe, Puente del Cardenal, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
27 °C, fair.
From the viewpoint Puente del Cardenal one has a view over the Río Tajo with the old medieval bridge from 1450. – The following bird species were observed.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

07.05.2005, 10:00-13:00
Monfragüe, Salto del Gitano, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
20 – 25 °C, sunny.
I parked the car on the carpark near the viewing platform, from where one has a look across the River Tajo to the cliffs with the vulture colony. Most of the time I spent with digiscoping of a breeding Black Stork and of roosting Griffin Vultures. – In addition the following bird species were observed.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, at a nest in a hole of the rockface.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
2 (at least), gliding along the cliffs.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
50 (at least), gliding along the cliffs or roosting on the cliffs.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on the cliffs.
Rock Thrush (Montícola saxátilis, Steinrötel):
1, landing on a rock. In flight the rusty-red tail and the white back could be recognized.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

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The River Tajo near the viewpoint Salto del Gitano, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(07.05.2005)

07.05.2005, 13:00-14:00
Monfragüe, Senda margen del Tajo, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
28 °C, sunny.
From the viewpoint Salto del Gitano I walked on a signposted path between the road and the river Tajo to the modern bridge, which crosses the Río Tajo near the Fuente del Francés. – The following bird species were observed.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying over the river.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
2, at the riverbank.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
50, landing at the riverbank.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4 (at least), singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
3, at the riverbank on thistles.

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Modern bridge over the River Tajo, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(07.05.2005)

07.05.2005, 14:00-16:30
Monfragüe, Castillo, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
28 °C, sunny.
I hiked from the Fuente del Francés up to the castle (Castillo de Monfragüe) through the woodland and descended from there down along the road to the viewpoint Salto del Gitano. – The following bird species were observed.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
20 (at least), flying. There seemed to be nests also in the cliffs below the castle.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, near the road under trees.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
1, near the castle.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on the path.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1, on a tree in the dehesas.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
5, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
2, on a thistle.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, singing.

 

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Castillo de Montfragüe, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(07.05.2005)

08.05.2005, 09:00-11:30
Monfragüe, Salto del Gitano, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
18 °C, hazy.
I came again to the viewpoint Salto del Gitano in order to take fotos of the Black Stork on its nest. Unfortunately, the sun was not shining this morning. – The following bird species could be observed.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, at their nest in a hole of the cliff.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying along the cliff.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4 (at least), over the water of the River Tajo.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
2, on a rock.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1 male, on a rock.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, landing in the cliff.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

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Information about Salto del Gitano, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(07.05.2005)

08.05.2005, 11:45-16:30
Monfragüe, tour to the Mirador de Tajadilla, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
From the viewpoint Salto del Gitano I drove to Villarreal de San Carlos, where I parked the car. From here I started a hiking tour along the yellow-marked route (Senda amarillo) to the viewpoint Mirador de Tajadillo. The route led through dehesas and slopes covered by Cistus ladanifer. From the slope I had nice views into the valley of the River Tietar. Due to the aridness of the last monthes the water-level was very low. – The following 20 bird species were observed.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, Schmutzgeier):
1, flying in the valley of the River Tietar.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
10 (at least), roosting in the cliff opposite to the Mirador de Tajadillo or flying.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
2, flying off.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
3, calling.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocópos minor, Kleinspecht):
1, calling, near the Fuente de les Tres Caños.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
4 (at least), flying along the cliff.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying along the cliff.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
4, singing.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe hispánica, Maurensteinschmätzer): 1 male, on a shrub.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
5, singing, some of them were also seen.
Blackcap (Sýlvia atricapílla, Mönchsgrasmücke):
2, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
4, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a fence.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
9 (4 + 2 + 1 + 2).
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, on a meadow.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
5, singing.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
6, along the way, most of them singing.

 

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Hiking tour from
Villarreal de San Carlos to the Mirador de Tajadilla
(08.05.2006)

09.05.2005, 08:55-10:15
Monfragüe, Salto del Gitano, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
I tried once more to take fotos of the Black Storks at their nest in a hole of the cliff. This time the sun was shining into the hole and the conditions were better than the days before. – The following bird species were observed.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
2, at their nest.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
50 (at least), roosting in the cliff or flying.
Common Wren (Troglodýtes troglodýtes, Zaunkönig):
1, singing.
Blue Rock Thrush (Montícola solitárius, Blaumerle):
1, singing on a rock.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Otter (Lutra lutra, Fischotter):
1, swimming in the River Tajo.

 

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Salto del Gitano, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(09.05.2005)

09.05.2005, 10:30-10:45
Monfragüe, Arroyo de La Vid, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
25 °C, sunny.
South of the Salto del Gitano the road EX-208 crosses a small stream, the Arroyo de La Vid. I stopped there for a short inspection. The following species were observed.
Common Kingfisher (Alcédo atthis, Eisvogel):
2, in shrubs at the water's edge.
Turtle (species? Wasserschildkröte):
1, on a stone at the water's edge or swimming in the stream.

09.05.2005, 11:20-12:10
EX-390, Torrejón el RubioRío Almonte, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, overcast.
From Torrejón el Rubio I drove on the EX-390 towards Caceres, first through dehesas, then through steppes. – The following bird species could be observed.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
2.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
3, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5, flying.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
100 (at least), on a fence.

 

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Torrejón El Rubio, view from the Hotel Carvajal, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(07.05.2005)

09.05.2005, 12:10-12:35
EX-390, Mirador Río Almonte, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, overcast.
Having passed the modern bridge over the Río Almonte I stopped at a car park (Mirador de Río Almonte) from where I had a good view over the valley of the Río Almonte. – The following bird species were observed.
Stock Dove (Colúmba oenas, Hohltaube):
1, flying. Grey upperparts without white rump or back, no white band in the upperwing.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, on the bridge.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

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Mirador Río Almonte, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(09.05.2005)

09.05.2005, 12:45-16:50
Santa Marta de Magasca & surroundings, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, hazy.
About 10 km north of Cáceres I turned off in eastern direction from the EX-390 and followed an untarmacked road through the steppe north of the Embalse de Guadiloba. Before I reached the road N-521 I turned north-eastwards and drove through the steppes to Santa Marta de Magasca. From there I followed the road to La Cumbre. – The following 23 bird species were observed in the Cáceres-Trujillo steppeland north of the road N-521.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
30, on the steppeland or flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, swimming on a pond.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
6, flying.
Red Kite (Milvus milvus, Rotmilan):
1, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
3 males, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, one of them on a fence, the other flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
15, flying over the steppeland.
Kestrel or Lesser Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus or naumanni, Turm- oder Rötelfalke):
8, flying.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
3, on the road.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, at the edge of the Río Tamuja.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
4.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
5 (at least), on the steppeland.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
4, flying, at the bridge over the Río Tamuja.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
1, on a fence.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
2.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on a fence.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
3, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, on a fence.

 

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Río Tamuja and steppeland near Santa Marta de Magasca, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(09.05.2005)

09.05.2005, 16:55
La Cumbre, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, hazy.
Coming from Santa Marta de Magasca I crossed the road N-521 and reached La Cumbre.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.

09.05.2005, 17:15-18:20
PlasencuelaTorreorgaz, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, hazy.
From La Cumbre I drove through the steppes south of the road N-521 via Plasenzuela, Las Golondrinas, Torremocha, Torrequemada to Torreorgaz. The following bird species were observed on the steppeland.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, on a power line.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
3, on a power line.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on a power line.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
13, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

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Scheme of the surroundings of Plasenzuela, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(09.05.2005)

09.05.2005, 18:20-19:00
Torreorgaz, steppes north of the village, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, hazy.
From Torreorgaz I followed an untarmacked road into the steppes north of this village. This road deviated from the road EX-206 at the entrance to the village at a petrol station. – The following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
3, on steppeland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2.
Stone-Curlew (Búrhinus oedicnémus, Triel):
1, flying.
European Roller (Corácias gárrulus, Blauracke):
1, on a power line near the road EX-206.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, flying.

09.05.2005, 19:50-20:10
Malpartida de Cáceres, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
22 °C, hazy.
On the route from Cáceres to Aliseda along the road N-521 I stopped in Malpartida de Cáceres. The following bird species were observed in the centre of the town.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
20 (at least), at nests on the church in the town centre. There I found a lot of moulting feathers of this species.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
20 (at least), in the town centre.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
20 (at least), around the church in the town centre.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.

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White Storks on a church in Malpartida de Cáceres, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(09.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 09:00-09:30
Aliseda, town centre, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the town centre of Aliceda.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
12, at nests on the church.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), at the church.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50 (at least), flying around the church.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
20 (at least), in the streets.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, on a power line.

 

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Aliseda, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 09:30
AlisedaBrozas, up to the Río Salor, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, overcast.
From Aliseda I drove on the road N-521 to the deviation to Brozas. Up to the Río Salor I crossed dehesas, thereafter steppeland. – The following 30 bird species were observed.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
4, one of them at the water's edge, 3 flying.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, circling.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, at the Río Salor
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
2 of the light morphe, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
16 (7 + 9), gliding westwards.
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa, Rothuhn):
2, at the road.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
2, swimming.
Turtle-Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
7 (2 + 5).
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Wood Lark (Lúllula arbórea, Heidelerche):
1, singing in flight in the dehesas near Aliseda. Unambigously identified.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
3 flying, over a pond.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
4, at the Río Salor.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
2, on a fence.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, flying.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
2, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in a shrub.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, in a shrub, near the Río Salor.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a fence.
Southern Grey Shrike (Lánius meridionális, Mittelmeer-Raubwürger):
1, on a fence.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
3, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10, at the bridge over the Río Salor. 
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

  

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Río Salor, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 11:15
Brozas, steppes south of the village, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the steppes between the Río Salor and Brozas.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
11, 3 of them flying, 8 on steppeland.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
2, flying over steppeland.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
7, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 female, gliding.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
6, flying.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
10.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on a fence.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
2.
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra, Kalanderlerche):
20 (at least), on steppeland.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a fence.

 

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Steppeland south of Brozas, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 12:30-15:00
Brozas, steppes south of the village, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
About 3 km west of the road from Aliseda to Brozas I detected a group of trees with a breeding colony of Cattle Egretts, White Storks, and Grey Herons. This colony was situated near a farm. I got the permission to enter the farm and to watch the birds from a distance of about 50 m. Due to the good light and the right distance I had the opportunity to make some acceptable fotos of the birds in the colony.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
4. At least 2 nests could be detected.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
200 (estimated).
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
25. At least 25 nests could be detected.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
2, on the ground.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10 (at least), in the nests of the White Storks.

 

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Steppeland south of Brozas, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 15:25-16:00
BrozasHerreruela, steppeland, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
From the breeding colony of the Cattle Egrets, White Storks and Grey Herons I returned to the road to Brozas. About 4 km before I reached this village I followed the road to Herreruela. – The following bird species were observed in the steppeland.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler): 1, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Common Kingfisher (Alcédo atthis, Eisvogel):
1, at the river.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
5, on the ground.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20, at the bridge over the Río Salor.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying near the bridge over the Río Salor.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.

 

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Río Salor, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 16:00-16:15
Herreruela, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the centre of Herreruela, where I had a short stop.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
15 (at least), at 15 nests on the church.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
3, flying (at the road N-521).
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, attacked by a Black Kite (at the road N-521).
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least).
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
10 (at least).
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least).
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
2, flying (at the road N-521).
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least).

 

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Nests of White Storks in Herreruela, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

10.05.2005, 17:00-18:35
Sierra de San Pedro, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
23 °C, fair.
From Aliseda I followed the road EX-303 for about 4 km. Then I turned off south-eastwards and reached after about 25 km the EX100 from Cáceres to Badajoz. – The following bird species were observed in the Sierra de San Pedro.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1 of the dark morphe, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
13 (2 + 2 + 1 + 4 + 4), gliding westwards.
Black Vulture (Aegypius monáchus, Mönchsgeier):
4 (3 + 1), gliding westwards.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
1, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
3, flying.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a fence.

 

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Through the Sierra de San Piedro, Provincia Cáceres (Extremadura, Spain)
(10.05.2005)

11.05.2005, 10:50
Badajoz, Hotel Acuarel, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
Last night I was accommodated in the Hotel Acuarel at kilometer 6,5 at the road N-432 outside of Badajoz. In the surroundings of the hotel the following bird species were observed.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least).
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, in a shrub.

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The Hotel Acuarel at the road N-432 south of Badajoz, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(11.05.2005)

11.05.2005, 12:30-12:55
N 435, La AlbueraAlmendral, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the dehesas at the road N-435 between La Albuera and Almendral.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 male, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Booted Eagle (Hieráætus pennátus, Zwergadler):
1, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.

11.05.2005, 12:55-13:25
Almendral, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
During a short stop in the centre of Almendral the following bird species were observed at the Plaza de España.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least).
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
50, flying around the churches.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
30 (at least).
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, on a church.

 

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Churches with nesting White Storks in Almendral, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(11.05.2005)

11.05.2005, 13:30
EX105, Valverde de Leganés Olivenza, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the dehesas at the road EX105 between Valverde de Leganés and Olivenza.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
3, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, 1 of them on a dead tree, 1 flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, on the ground.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
3, on the ground.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, singing.

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Dehesas near Valverde de Leganés, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(11.05.2005)

11.05.2005, 15:00-15:30
Olivenza, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
20 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed near Olivenza at the road to Villarreal at the Portugese border. At 15.30 it began to rain and did not stop up to the evening.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 female, gliding over farmland.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
1, on a power line.

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Farmland near Olivenza, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(11.05.2005)

12.05.2005, 09:00
Jerez de los Caballeros, Los Templarios, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, heiter.
the following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the hotel Los Templarios.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, on the roof of the hotel.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
10, flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
2, flying around the hotel.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
2, at walls of the hotel.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), on the roof of the hotel.

 

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The Hotel Los Templarios in Jerez de Los Caballeros, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(12.05.2005)

12.05.2005, 10:20-10:50
Jerez de los Caballeros, town centre, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, heiter.
The following bird species were observed in the town centre, especially around the main church.
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Rötelfalke):
6, flying around the steeple of the church. In two cases the birds landed with catched insects in holes of the walls of the church.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), on the steeple of the church.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, on the steeple of the church.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
2, at their nest in the wall of the church.

 

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View from the Hotel Los Templarios in Jerez de Los Caballeros, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(12.05.2005)

12.05.2005, 10:50
N 435, Jerez de los Caballeros Fregenal, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
15 °C, heiter.
The following bird species were observed along the road N-435 between Jerez de los Caballeros and Fregenal de la Sierra. This road led through montaneous dehesas.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
3, flying.
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier):
1, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
8, flying.
Thekla’s Lark (Galerída theklae, Theklalerche):
1, singing.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

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Dehesas south of Jerez de los Caballeros, Provincia Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain)
(12.05.2005)

12.05.2005, 12:00-12:10
N 435, Río Frio, Provincia Huelva (Andalucía, Spain)
15 °C, heiter.
The following bird were observed along the road N-435 in the valley of the river Río Frio.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
2, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
2.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), near a farm house.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

12.05.2005, 12:50-14:50
Parque Natural de la Sierra de Aracena, Provincia Huelva (Andalucía, Spain)
22 °C, fair.
From Aracena, situated at the N-433, I drove into the Parque natural de la Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche. Via Castañuelo, Carboneras, Embalse de Aracena and Corteconcepción I turned back to the road N-433 and reached the airport of Sevilla at 16:20. – The following 20 bird species were observed in the wooded mountainous landscape  and in the surroundings of the Embalse de Aracena.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher): 1, swimming and diving on the reservoir (embalse).
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
6, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, on the road.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
1.
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus, Blauelster):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
3.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
30 (at least), 20 of them in Castanuela, 10 in the surrounding of the Embalse de Aracena.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
8, 3 of them singing, 5 on the road.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
1, in a shrub.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
3, flying.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
2, on a fence.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, singing.

 

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In the Parque Natural de Aracena, Provincia Huelva (Andalucía, Spain)
(12.05.2005)

 
     
 

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