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 on: Yesterday at 10:45:35 pm 
Started by Carlos - Last post by Carlos

   Hello, everybody. Let me bring a controversial issue to the forum....

   I was wondering what you think about the parakeet issue, and the way some authorities want to control their population. Particularly in Seville, the townhall have decided to hunt them all at Maria Luisa Park (eradication), where these parakeets mainly live, saying that these birds are a great risk for biodiveristy, farmers, etc., although other people say the informs about this risk is illogical and alarmist.

   Apparently, those that are in favour about killing are SEO and two researchers of Doñana (EBD). On the contrary more and more associations disagree with them.

   I would love to know some of your opinions on this controversial issue.


 on: June 26, 2017, 07:18:49 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event:Birdwathching in Sierras Subbéticas (Córdoba)
Date:16 – September - 2017
Meeting Point:Mitra’s Hotel (Cabra-Córdoba)
Time:8:00 AM? No problem more late
Leader for the day:Antonio Pestana Salido
Directions to the meeting point:Direction: Ctra. Cabra-Úbeda, km 51.2, 14940 Cabra
Phone:957 52 96 00
 Information about the meeting:It’s a small hotel in Cabra, with good free parking.
Accommodation in the area:Mitra’s hotel ** (economic) (Cabra), MS Fuente las Piedras**** (Cabra)
Clothing and food:near of meeting hotel, 200 meters, there is a park. It’s a good area for people who don't want to eat in a restaurant. Mitra’s restaurant is a good restarurant for lunch. It’s economic.
Possible birds:black wheatear, blue rock thrush, chough, Bonelli’s eagle, raven, cit bunting, griffon vulture, common crossbill, stonechat…
Other sites in the area for those staying over night:Mencía’s Hotel (Doña Mencía), Zuhayra’s Hotel (Zuheros)

 on: June 26, 2017, 07:13:57 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Extra mid week event for Nov 2017 to Fields of Huétor and  Sierra de Loja
Wednesday 8th November
Meeting Point
Abades Service are on the A92 at KM 188
Meet at 9.30 to leave by 9.45
Leader for the day
Mick Richardson
Directions to the meeting point
The exit to the service area is at KM189 heading east on the A92 towards Granada on the southern side of the Motorway near Loja.

Information about the meeting
the morning will be spent in the Fields of Huétor Taja., later to the Sierra de Loja.
Accommodation in the area
This is also a good place for people to stay if they wish www.cortijodetajar.es
Clothing and food
Lunch will be at the Cortijo de Tajar Hotel at Huetor Tajar.  It could be cold so bring worm clothing.
Possible birds
 Little Bustards, Stone Curlews, Azure-winged Magpies,Bluethroats, Ring Ouzels, Alpine Accentors, Fieldfares and other wintering upland species. 

 on: June 20, 2017, 08:47:50 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Ron Hatch
Thank you ABS and Jose Luis ,me and Lesley had a great time

 on: June 19, 2017, 06:24:01 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair

 on: June 19, 2017, 06:23:46 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event: ABS Field Meeting at Tarifa and La Janda

Date: Saturday, 9th Sept 2017

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: June 19, 2017, 06:21:37 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event ABS field meeting for Aug 2017

Date 19 August

Meeting Point
Venat Apolo XI in the village of Tahivlla.


Leader for the day Frank Hair

Directions to the meeting point
Tahivlla is on the Carretera Nacional No 340 also known as the E5.  Ruffly half way between Tarifa and Vejer de la frontera

Information about the meeting
We will be visiting the area around La Janda and Barbate estuary.  The area will be hot at this time of the year so being hats and sunscreen.

Accommodation in the area
Check out the ABS for affiliated members in the area
Clothing and food
It will be hot so light clothing, hats and sun screen.  I will be bringing a packed lunch but there are lots of excellent venats in the area.
Possible birds
White Stork, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Spanish imperial eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Montagu's Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Glossy Ibis, Bald Ibis and possibly Black Stork.

Other sites in the area for those staying over night
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: June 19, 2017, 06:20:24 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
EGA and Member's Day

Date: Sunday 15th July 2017
Location: Algaba - Ronda (see link attached for location)
Time: 09.30 am for field meeting and 1 pm for the EGA

Meet at the main reception area of Algaba.

Field Meeting Leader: Peter Jones

Our location for this year's EGA and Field Meeting has been chosen once more to give members the opportunity to see typical oak woodland birds as well as some specialities such as Booted and Short-toed Eagle, both nesting within the woodland boundaries. The centre of the reserve has accommodation for those wishing to stay either on Friday or Saturday nights (or both). The centre also has a dinning area for lunch, see below, and conference room for our EGA.

Accommodation: Rooms and apartments are available self catering or with breakfast included, prices per night to be advised (watch this space). Alternatively book direct through the Algaba website -http://www.algabaderonda.com/ for details of the woodland and reserve and for accommodation this link: http://www.algabaderonda.com/alojamiento-rural Note: Accommodation is also available in Ronda and the surrounding area. Please see our website for details: http://www.andaluciabirdsociety.org/affiliated-services/accommodation-by-province/malaga.html also another ABS supporting hotel is Morales in Ronda see http://www.hotelmorales.es

Directions to Algaba: For those coming to Ronda approaching from San Pedro. On arriving to Ronda you will approach a roundabout with mock stone arches on, take the turning signposted for Algeciras. Likewise those approaching Ronda from all other directions follow signs for Algeciras. Proceed on this road for approximately 4 kilometres, look for a long house on your left, immediately opposite is the entrance to 'Algaba', which is well signposted. Proceed down the track until you arrive at the main centre and reception. Also see map attached.

Field Meeting. Starting 09.30 am meeting in the car park of the main reception area at Algaba.
We will proceed to the Alta Genal area for viewing a few mountain birds with wheatear sp, Spectacled Warbler, Rock Thrush etc., all possible. Golden and Bonelli's Eagle breed in this area, so chances for these and other raptors are very good. We will then make our way back to the oak woodlands of Algaba for woodland birds such as Bonelli's and Subalpine Warbler, woodpecker sp, plus summer resident eagle sp. Lots of birds will be seen during the morning and it promises to be a great field meeting.

The photography hide is available to members wishing to spend time photographing woodland birds. For further examples and information on this hide, please see the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Algaba-Hide-Photography/1532948656974474?fref=ts

EGA. Starting at 1 pm.

To be arranged

Further information to be posted soon.


 on: June 16, 2017, 04:57:33 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Wilkinson999

Unfortunately Peter & I will not be able to attend saturday's meeting after a major trip to the dentist today.

Have fun,


Helen Burgers

 on: June 16, 2017, 10:02:09 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair

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