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 on: Yesterday at 02:58:30 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Katina Simmons

I plan to come for birding and lunch. Looking forward to the day. Thanks for all the arrangements.


 on: December 11, 2017, 08:33:53 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by jerry
Just to confirm Barbara and Jerry will be attending the meet and the meal !

 on: December 10, 2017, 06:33:41 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Lindsay Pheasant
Hi Franky

Mike Kinchington will be coming with Keith and Lindsay

 on: December 09, 2017, 07:23:04 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Toots
Hi Franky,

I will be there for the lunch, and likely, the birding too.


 on: December 08, 2017, 11:36:05 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair

 on: December 08, 2017, 11:35:34 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event: ABS Field Meeting at Tarifa and La Janda

Date: Saturday, 7th April 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.

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

 on: December 08, 2017, 11:33:02 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event: Members Field Meeting For March 2018 Osuna

Date: Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Meeting Point: Venta Las Vegas, Osuna. This venta has a habit of not to be open on a Saturday morning so for us coffee freaks you will have to come early and get you fix in the town of Osuna.

Time: 10:00

Leader of the day: Frank Hair

Directions to the Meeting Point: The Venta is just off the A92 (Sevilla to Antequerra) motorway at junction 80, Osuna. 37° 14’14”N 5° 07’39”

Information about the Meeting: If the number of people attending is as large as previous years I will organise you into as few cars as possible to keep the convoy to a minimum. There will be some off-road driving so we will also leave unsuitable cars at the venta.
We will first travel through farmland on dirt tracks, stopping at old farm buildings and also stopping on the tracks to look for species that favour this habitat.
We will then enter the Reserva Natural Lanteuela and visit a number of the lagunas and surrounding area Water levels will determine those we visit. At this time of the year we may catch the Great Bustards displaying.

For those of you who wish to have accommodation we have an Affiliated Member in Osuna called Hostal Fivegates -info@fivegates.es,www.fivegates.es

Clothing and Food: The weather in March is usually mild to cool so hats and scarves are in order.
You will also need a picnic lunch and plenty of liquid.

Possible birds:
Red-legged Partridge, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe , Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Western Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Black-winged Kite, Red Kite, Black Kite, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Purple Swamphen, Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Northern Lapwing, Common Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover , Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Rock Dove, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Hoopoe, Southern Grey Shrike, Common Raven, Blue Tit, Great tit, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Spotless Starling, Blackbird, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Iberian Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
Other sites in the area for those staying over night:
There are several other sites in the area including Luguna Dulce and the other smaller lagunas around Campillos. Further along the A92 is Fuente de Piedra is where we have our meeting in Jan.

 on: December 08, 2017, 11:24:37 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Franky no Hair
Event- Field meeting for Feb 17th 2018 to the area of Bonanza near Sanlucar de Barrameda.

Date- Feb 17th 2018

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.

 on: December 08, 2017, 09:01:53 am 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by Peter
I hope you will be joining us on the 16th  ;D Peter

 on: December 07, 2017, 09:36:11 pm 
Started by Franky no Hair - Last post by The Hacketts
Hi Franky:

Diane and I are looking forward to joining you on the 18th.

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