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 on: August 18, 2018, 12:19:35 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Ron Hatch
Hi Franky

A bit late but I will be attending

Cheers Ron

 on: August 17, 2018, 05:19:03 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Roger Smith
Hi Franky.

Jean and I will be joining you at Guadalhorce on Saturday morning.

Regards.  Roger.

 on: August 13, 2018, 12:50:17 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Henny
I'm joining if I can find the meeting place.

 on: August 11, 2018, 12:13:38 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Erik.krikke@gmail.com
Hi Frank,

Erik and I will be joining you for this trip!

 on: August 09, 2018, 07:31:01 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event, Huétor Fields and Sierra de Loja.

Date, Wed 7th November 2018

Meeting Point, Abades Service area off the A92 at Loja.

Time, 09:30 to leave by 09:45

Leader for the day, Mick Richardson.

Directions to the meeting point, From the Granada bound Carriageway leave the A92 at exactly KM 189 and go to the top of the slip road. We will meet on the large patch of open waste ground on the far side of the Petrol Station.

Information about the meeting, The morning will be spent on Sierra de Loja looking for Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear and Other upland species. The afternoon will be on Huétor Fields looking for Bluethroat, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew and other lowland species.

Accommodation in the area, Hotel Cortijo de Tajar (www.cortijodetajar.es)

Clothing and food, Warm clothing as we will be going to 1400m in the sierra and the weather can be unpredictable. Packed Lunches this year as far too much time was wasted last year in the bar.

Possible birds, Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Golden Eagle, Red-billed Chough, Rock Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Bluethroat, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Iberian Magpie and Others.

Extra days either side of the meeting to visit other areas can be arranged directly with Mick on lojawildlife@gmail.com.

We will be looking for a member to write a trip report for this meeting.

 on: August 09, 2018, 01:55:30 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event: ABS Field Meeting at Tarifa and La Janda

Date: Saturday, 1st Sept 2018

Meeting Point: The car park at the Lidl supermarket on the outskirts of Tarifa (36 degrees 01min 13.56sec N; 5 degrees 36min 00.06sec W

Time: 09:00

Leader for the day:  Frank Hair

Directions to the meeting point: Coming from Algeciras on the N340 take the first turning for Tarifa.  Coming from Vejer de la Frontera on the N340 take the second turning for Tarifa, which is further up the hill, from the first.  You should see the Lidl supermarket car park on the right shortly after leaving the N340.

Information about the meeting: We will assemble in the large Lidl car park at 09:00; please be on time because I want to be away from the car park promptly. Here we will pool cars to minimise the number of cars used during the Field Meeting. We do this because at some of the observatories there is limited parking and also long convoys can be dangerous.
The cars that are not used will be left in the car park and collected at the end of the day. The observatories that we use will depend on the wind direction on the day. If the wind is blowing from the west we will be heading closer to Algeciras and if the wind is from the east we will stay close to Tarifa.
As we will be observing a Spring Migration we will be using observatories close to the sea because the birds will be low when they complete their crossing of the Strait from Morocco and will most likely rest close to the coast to recover from the crossing.
At around 13:00 we will head for the hide at Playa de los Lances to observe the birds on the pool and the beach in front of the hide while we have lunch. You will need to bring a packed lunch with you.
Around 14:30 we will head for La Janda where we will spend about three hours looking for passage migrants and other birds.
These times will depend on the number of birds we are seeing.
If a large number of people show an interest in this Field Meeting we will split into two groups. One group will do what is described above and the other group will do it in reverse.

Accommodation in the area: Details about the accommodation offered by our Affiliated Members in this area can be found by using the following link http://www.andaluciabirdsociety.org/affiliated-services/accommodation-by-province/cadiz.html

Clothing and food: At this time of the year it will be hot so hats and sunscreen.  I will be taring a packed lunch but I will also be stopping Apollo 11 for coffee on our way to La Janda so those who want lunch can stop there..

Possible birds: Black Kites, Honey Buzzard, White Stork, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture and possibly Black Stork.  These are the main souring birds but we should get some other migrants.

Other sites in the area for those staying over night:
Barbate Marshes, Bolonia, Gibraltar, Los Barrios, Ojén Valley, Río Guadiaro and Río Palmones & marshes. Information about all these bird sites can be found on the Society's web site http://www.andaluciabirdsociety.org/bird-sites/cadiz.html

 on: August 05, 2018, 06:12:31 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Jonathan Maitland
Hi Franky, myself and Che wil be attending this trip.

 on: August 02, 2018, 12:32:44 pm 
Started by Peter - Last post by Peter
Sea watching from the isla de Tarifa

27th October 2018

Meeting Point
At the start of the road leading to Isla de Las Palomas in Tarifa (between Playa de Los Lances and Playa Chica),​
Parking should be easy in the adjoining streets.   From here we will walk to the entrance of Isla De Las Palomas (restricted area), where Guardia Civil will be waiting to open the gate. Once inside, we will keep walking to the recently constructed observatory next to the lighthouse (less than 1Km total walk). The programmed time to exit the restricted area will be around 11:30 A.M.

 08.30 am

Leader for the day
Javi Elorriaga - Yeray Seminario plus of course Frank Hair ABS Field Meetings Officer

Directions to the meeting point
This link to google maps indicates the exact location of the meeting point https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1PtfBWEi65adexU86TX5oWKI0MYQ&ll=36.00856171556128%2C-5.606878995895386&z=17

Information about the meeting
The Isla de las Palomas in Tarifa is within El Estrecho Natural Park, is the southernmost end of the European continent. Here the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet, providing privileged opportunities to observe seabirds on migration. Late October is one of the best times of the year to watch this spectacle, both in terms of quantity of birds and diversity of species.
It is important to remember that:

● The list of participants, including full name and passport/ NIE number should be emailed to frankynohair@hotmail.co.uk.
● The entire group must access and exit the restricted area within “Isla de Las Palomas” simultaneously, accompanied by Guardia Civil. This meeting is restricted to 25 members including our guide.
● Identity documents must be kept handy when accessing the restricted  area.
● During the visit the group must stay around the observatory and the surrounding designated area, which is clearly delimited.
● In case of bad weather we will find an alternative birding destination in the are
● The use of field scopes is highly recommended.  Frank will also be bringing 2 scopes.
●  A recently built observatory provides, some extent, shelter against wind and rain.
Please, feel free to phone or email us anytime in case any further information is needed: Yeray: +34 669104869 Javi: +34 699470467

Accommodation in the area
Check the links on the ABS web site.

Clothing and food
Waterproof jacket and warm clothes.

As we will be finishing the sea watching at 11.30 Frank will be heading to La Janda for the afternoon and will be taking a packed lunch, but he will be stopping at Apollo XII for a coffee on the way so lunch could be taken there.

Possible birds 
Some of the most representative species to be observed include: Scopoli’s and Balearic Shearwater, European Storm-Petrel, Gannet, Mediterranean, Audouin’s, Lesser Black-Backed and Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Razorbill, etc. In addition, we should expect to observe an interesting array of passerines on their way to Africa and there is always the chance to observe Bottlenose and Striped Dolphins.

Other sites in the area for those staying over night.
At this time of the year any site looking out to sea will be good, and there is always La Janda.

Please we need your help, we will be looking for a member to write a trip report for this meeting.

 on: July 30, 2018, 10:16:04 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Trevor H
Hi Derek

Thanks for the suggestion, got that booked so that €71 you saved me!  We'll buy you a cold beer one day



 on: July 28, 2018, 08:10:23 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by 137cass298
could you give me information on the trip to Jaen on the 17 nov   

colin/Sandra hayward

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