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 on: January 21, 2019, 10:23:10 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event,
ABS field meeting for February 2019 at Cabo de Gata - Almeria
Date,
16 February
Meeting Point,   
at the hide on the left before entrance to Cabo de Gata. It is on a bend with a large graveled area in front.

Time, 9.30 am
Leader for the day,
Bob Wright
Directions to the meeting point
Check the internet from your area.
Information about the meeting
This is a visit where we need to try and fill cars and so prevent a long convey. In addition, during the morning, members can go on ahead or hang back to gain more space and then we check everyone is OK when we meet at the lighthouse about midday and stop for a coffee at a bar near the coast between about 1.30 and 2pm. This will be a short comfort break for the ladies, assuming, if desperate, the men may have already taken the necessary remedy! It would also enable folks to buy a sandwich if they do not have a packed lunch. We do not stop for a “formal” lunch break and so miss the birding time. After this break we drive along the track west from the town to the rambla so that we can explore the river mouth, probably a lagoon rather than a clean break to the sea. Look out for Slender-billed Gulls here.
Accommodation in the area
Check the internet and the ABS web site.
Clothing and food,
Look like this will be a packed lunch.
Possible birds,
  Lots of Flamingos and waders, especially Godwits and look out for Curlew and Stone Curlew as you make your way from the roadside to the hides, especially the two nearest the village.  With Trumpeter finches as a specialist bird for the area

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

 2 
 on: January 20, 2019, 05:33:49 pm 
Started by NerjaRob - Last post by NerjaRob
Seen in Nerja, Málaga province, 19th and 20th January 2019 - Allen's Gallinule (juvenile). Nest is on the riverbank.

 3 
 on: January 18, 2019, 09:12:00 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Lindsay Pheasant
Lindsay Pheasant and Mike Kinchington will be attending.  Sorry but Keith cannot make it.

Lindsay

 4 
 on: January 18, 2019, 07:01:41 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Ron Hatch
Hi Franky

Sorry very doubtful I will be attending.Returned from UK with bad cold and bad cough.
See you soon ron

 5 
 on: January 15, 2019, 08:09:10 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Ricky Owen
See you there Ricky and Sonia

 6 
 on: January 15, 2019, 01:16:21 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event: ABS Field Meeting at Tarifa and La Janda

Date: Saturday, 2nd March 2019

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.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU LET ME KNOW BY LEAVING ME A MESSAGE ON THIS FORUM IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THIS MEETING.  I need to know how many people are attending prior to meeting you all in the Lidl car park.

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 the weather can be variable so you will need to have layers of clothing that you can put on or take off. There could also be showers. The average high temperature in the Tarifa area for April is 16C with an average low of 12C.

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

 7 
 on: January 15, 2019, 01:11:29 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event- Field meeting for March 16th 2019 to the area of Bonanza near Sanlucar de Barrameda.

Date- March 16th 2019

Meeting Point- Bar La Campana,Calle Puerto de Barrameda, 69 11540 Bonanza Cádiz

Time- 9.30

Leader for the day- Frank Hair

Directions to the meeting point- The meeting point is on the main street of Banaza at the north end of the town. Go to google maps, type in the name and address of the bar where we are meeting into the search box at the top left hand side of the map, then click on directions and type in where you live and you will get directions to the meeting point.
Information about the meeting- This meeting is going to be an expedition of the lugunas and salt pans around the area of Bonanza near Sanlucar de Barrameda.

Accommodation in the area- We have no members with accommodation in the area so have a look at one of the hotel search engine (booking .com trivago.com)for a hotel in this area.

Clothing and food - It could be cold and wet we will just have to keep our eyes on the weather for the area closer to the time but there is very little shelter there. We can ether go to a venta in the area or packed lunch I will be opting for a packed lunch more time for the birds.
Possible birds- Well where do we start, there is a population of marbled teal, white headed ducks, spoonbills, grater flamingos, slender bill gulls, marsh harrier and lots of different waders that over winter here.

Other sites in the area for those staying over night- Have a look at the site list in the members area of the main ABS web site.
I would like someone to volunteer to write a trip report for this meeting.

 8 
 on: December 23, 2018, 02:34:43 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Trevor H
Hi Frank

Any idea when we will have more information on the June meeting?

Regards

Trevor

 9 
 on: December 17, 2018, 08:12:35 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Peter
Just to say a big thank you to Frank for organising the Christmas Lunch and also the Field Meeting. It was great to see so many supporting the day and to chat to everyone. Thank you all who supported the day. Peter

 10 
 on: December 12, 2018, 11:24:42 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Janet and David
Why has the meeting been changed from EGM to OGM?  Also why the changed in time from 11.30 am to 14.30pm?  What about lunch?

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