Portugal, October 1996

To see a list of birds seen on this trip click here

This was a tip to do some bird ringing at the A Rocha reserve in the Algarve.

Thursday 24th October 1996

Flight from Gatwick to Faro in Portugal, and A Rocha. Dry, warm. Only cloud then sunny.

Birds: -

Booted Eagle (one pale phase bird from the road near A Rocha), White Stork (one at A Rocha), Stone Curlew (2 A Rocha), Redstart (1), Black Redstart (2), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Cattle Egret, Stonechat, Common Waxbill

Dragonflies and Damselflies: -

Crocothemis erythraea, Red-Veined Darter.

Butterflies: -

'Tailed' Blue, Clouded Yellow, Swallowtail

Friday 25th October 1996

Ringing at Arocha in Portugal.

Robin, Blackcap, Stonechat, Greenfinch, Serin, Common Waxbill.

Also seen today Red Kite (2), White Stork (9), Peregrine (brief views of one bird flying over A Rocha), Greenshank (4), Wheatear (1), Serin (3), Stone Curlew (9), Great Grey Shrike (1), Common Waxbill (1), Cattle Egret (20 plus), Little Egret

Insects: -

Praying Mantis

Saturday 26th October, 1996

Clear blue skies. 80 degrees plus. To Pointe de ... near Lagos.

Birds: -

Little Egret, Gannet (20 plus), Cormorant, Cory's Shearwater (1), Black Redstart (1), Little Owl, Serin, White Stork (2 Lagos, on a nest), Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Spotless Starling (six plus Pointe de ... Lagos)

Sunday 27th October, 1996

To Castro Verde, then Mertola. dry, hot. Clear blue sky all day. 28 degrees centigrade.

Great Bustard (New Species . 17 in the morning at 07 30, 18 in the afternoon at 1630. Seen off N123, east of Castro Verde, where the road goes south to Rolao. Drive 300-500 yards down the road, approximately between posts 14 and 18 on the left. Seen in ploughed field on the left of the road, going south), Bonelli's Eagle (New Species. Excellent views of one adult about 350 ft up, just west of Mertola. Dark tip to the tail (long), and contrast of underwing very apparent), Hen Harrier (one male over the field of Great Bustards, at 07 30), Merlin (one seen harrying the Harrier), Kestrel (two-to-three), Booted Eagle (one adult pale phase, north of Tunes, on E1, at 5:30pm), Egyptian Vulture (one juvenile north of Tunes, with the Booted Eagle), Snipe (1), Green Sandpiper (2), White Stork (3), Short-toed Lark (one calling in feels with Skylark at Bustard site), Raven (2), Woodlark (two-to-three), Skylark (many hundreds), Corn Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Great Grey Shrike (10 plus)

Monday 28th October, 1996

Ringing at Arocha in Portugal, then to Quinto do Lagos near Faro in the afternoon, from 230 till 7pm.

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Robin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Serin.

Also seen today

Little Grebe (810), Great Crested Grebe (2-3), Grey Heron (two-to-three), Little Egret (200-300 at the roost, Quinto do Lago), Cattle Egret (10 A Rocha), Mallard (20 plus), Gadwall (8 - 10), Shoveler (8 - 10), Garganey (1 eclipse male or female Quinto do Lagos), Pochard (20 plus), White-headed darker (one juvenile male/adult female, Quinto do Lagos, in front of the hide), Moorhen (20 plus), Coot (100 plus), Crested Coot (New Species . One Quinto do Lagos), Purple Gallinule (10), Black-winged Stilt (one Quinto do Lagos), Greenshank (2 A Rocha), Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Little Owl (several), Hoopoe (two-to-three), Cetti's Warbler (2 Quinto do Lagos), Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Black Redstart, Stonechat (two-to-three), Robin (3), Song Thrush (2), Great Tit (2), Corn Bunting (several), Chaffinch (1), Serin (4), Bullfinch (3), Kingfisher (2 Quinto do Lagos), House Sparrow, Common Waxbill (2), Azure-winged Magpie (one A Rocha)

Tuesday 29th October 1996

To Cape St Vincent, the beach north of here, then the Marsh east of Sagres (Boca de Rio). Warm. Breezy (south-westerly) with scattered clouds.

Gannet (20 plus), Little Egret (eight plus), Grey Heron (1), White Stork (two Lagos), Buzzard (two-to-three), Booted Eagle (? one with Short-toed Eagles), Short-toed Eagle (five approximately three miles East of Sagres), Kestrel, Peregrine (one Trig Point, Cape St. Vincent; 2 on the Marsh), Water Rail (2 Marsh), Greenshank (1 on the march), Herring Gull, Little Owl (one at the Marsh, 1 - 2 A Rocha), Skylark (several Cape St Vincent), Thekla Lark (several Cape St Vincent), Crag Martin (3-4 Cape St Vincent), Meadow Pipit (two-to-three Cape St Vincent), Richards Pipit (two-to-three Cape St. Vincent), Pied Wagtail (2), Robin (2 at the Marsh), Stonechat, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Cetti's Warbler (2 at the Marsh), Sardinian Warbler (1-2), Chough (2 Cape St Vincent), Jackdaw (20 plus Cape St. Vincent), House Sparrow, Common Waxbill (10 at the Marsh), Goldfinch (8 A Rocha)

Wednesday 30th October, 1996

Ringing at A Rocha in the morning, then Quinto do Lagos in the afternoon. Clear, sunny and very warm all day (again!).

Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Robin, Common Waxbill, Greenfinch.

Also seen today

Great Crested Grebe (three Quinto do Lagos), Little Grebe (two-to-three Quinto do Lagos, two-to-three A Rocha), Cormorant (one Quinto do Lagos), Little Egret (three Quinto do Lagos), Grey Heron (three Quinto do Lagos), Gadwall (three Quinto do Lagos), Shoveler (two Quinto do Lagos), Pochard (two Quinto do Lagos), Coot (10 plus Quinto do Lagos), Moorhen (3-4 Quinto do Lagos), Purple Gallinule (2 Quinto do Lagos) , Crested Coot (one Quinto do Lagos), Oystercatcher (20 A Rocha), Black-winged Stilt (two Quinto do Lagos racket, Ringed Plover (one A Rocha), Dunlin (1-2 A Rocha), Little Stint (four A Rocha), Redshank (6 - 8 A Rocha), Greenshank (1-2 A Rocha), Snipe (one A Rocha), Black-headed Gull (3 - 4 A Rocha), Lesser Black-backed Gull (two-to-three Quinto do Lagos), Herring Gull (two-to-three Quinto do Lagos ), Great Black-backed Gull (two-to-three Quinto do Lagos), Little Owl (two-to-three A Rocha), Kingfisher (one Quinto do Lagos), Hoopoe (2 A Rocha), Crested Lark (two-to-three), Meadow Pipit (1-2 Quinto do Lagos), Pied Wagtail, Robin (four A Rocha), Stonechat (two-to-three A Rocha), Song Thrush (2 A Rocha), Blackbird (one A Rocha), Reed Warbler (one A Rocha), Cetti's Warbler (Quinto do Lagos) Fan-tailed Warbler (1-2 A Rocha), Blackcap (several A Rocha), Chiffchaff (6 - 8 A Rocha), Azure-winged Magpie (2 Quinto do Lagos), Common Waxbill (2 A Rocha), Siskin (three A Rocha), Serin (3-4 A Rocha), Greenfinch (3 - 4 A Rocha), Corn Bunting (1-2 A Rocha)

Thursday 31st October, 1996

Early leave A Rocha, to Villamoura at dawn for one hour's birding then on to Faro for the flight home, departing 10am local time.

Little Grebe (4-5 Villamoura), Little Egret (three Villamoura), Glossy Ibis (one Villamoura, flew low over the golf course), Moorhen (15 plus Villamoura), Coot (six plus Villamoura), Purple Gallinule (2 Villamoura), Lapwing (30 over the golf course, Villamoura), Ruff (one with the Lapwings), Snipe (2 Villamoura), Black-headed Gull (2 Villamoura), Hoopoe (2 Villamoura), Crested Lark (three Villamoura), Stonechat (2 Villamoura), Bluethroat (one Villamoura), Song Thrush (one Villamoura), Chiffchaff (8 - 10 Villamoura), Penduline Tit (New Species. One male and one female Villamoura, in reedmace), Corn Bunting (3-4 Villamoura)