Monday, 29 August 2016

Raptor watch (Spain Part 4)

Imperial Eagle (Jupiter birding)
Short-toed Treecreeper
Booted Eagle
Black Vulture
Griffon Vulture

Our last stop was at a Mediterranean woodland at Monte de El Pardo on the edge of Madrid. The park was very quiet and our watchpoint was situated above a river where we witnessed a Cetti's Warbler, Moorhen and a Kingfisher. Carlos picked up a calling Short-toed Treecreeper but told me to stay still and then true to his word the Treecreeper landed on a tree close to us. Whilst trying to get a record shot a Spotted Flycatcher revealed itself.

There was plenty of passage of raptors above us including Black Vultures, Black Kite, Booted Eagle, Griffon Vulture but no Imperial Eagle for about an hour when finally our target bird came into view being very dark brownish-black with prominent white "shoulders" on forewing and scapulars. 

Full trip list:-

1) Great Bustard
2) Little Bustard
3) Common Kestrel
4) Hen Harrier
5) Montagu's Harrier
6)Common Buzzard
7) Black Kite
8) Booted Eagle
9) Spanish Imperial Eagle
10) Griffon Vulture
11) Black Vulture
12) Bee-eater
13) Hoopoe
14) Kingfisher
15) Monk Parakeet
16) Moorhen
17) Black-headed Gull
18) Wood Pigeon
19) Rock Dove
20) Turtle Dove
21) Collared Dove
22) Red-legged Partridge
23) Pallid Swift
24) Common Swift
25) Short-toed Treecreeper
26) Blue Tit
28) Great Tit
29) Crested Lark
30) Crag Martin
31) House Martin
32) Barn Swallow
33) Red-rumped Swallow
34) Blue Rock Thrush
35) Blackbird
36) Robin
37) Black Wheatear
38) Black Redstart
39) Subalpine Warbler
40) Sardinian Warbler
41) Melodious Warbler
42) Cetti's Warbler
43) Pied Flycatcher
44) House Sparrow
45) Tree Sparrow
46) Spotless Starling
47) Greenfinch
48) Goldfinch
49) Serin
50) Chaffinch
51) Common Magpie
52) Azure-winged Magpie
53) Jackdaw
54) Raven
55) Golden Oriole
56) Woodchat Shrike
57) Iberian Green Woodpecker
58) Coal Tit
59) Hawfinch
60) Firecrest
61) White / Pied Wagtail

If you heading to Madrid I would highly recommend contacting Carlos Sánchez. We had great session of birding and plenty of banter about birds & Athletico Madrid.  <>

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