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Andalucia Bird Society in the News.
The Andalucia Bird Society now has a regular article in the free newspaper The News. Each article is about a different bird species that you will find in Andalucia.
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The ABS Birdlist Andalucía
The Society produces a list of all the birds that can be seen in Andalucia and it is constantly reviewed and kept up to date. An important aspect of recording bird sighting information is the consistency of the data, especially bird names. Therefore, the only bird names that are accepted in the database are those on the Societies list.
April 2014 Visiting Osuna, Seville province
A great day's birding in great company and what a turn out for our meeting in Osuna with a record 44 in attendance. At first glance this seems an impossible number to get any enjoyment or benefit out of the day but, I am pleased to report, in the event it was very successful with the group split into five smaller groups setting off at delayed intervals. Most, I believe, managed to see a very good selection of birds. And it was also very pleasing to welcome so many new members. Some managed to find the early Rollers and, I think, all saw distant views of the Great Bustard with some of us also picking up both Little Bustard and Stone Curlew amongst other good sightings. Then, of course, there were the various raptors and, for me, even a good sighting of a Common Whitethroat.
March 2014 - Gabo de Gata and something different
For the March field meeting the Society travelled to its furthermost site to the east, visiting the beautiful area of Cabo de Gata in Almeria province. Even the weather was perfect for the week-end with early morning mist giving way to clear blue skies and, for many, definitely a case of shirt sleeves. Considering how many members live well to the west of Malaga, this was a very well- attended meeting with a final count of thirty members. Indeed, all but one stayed overnight on the Friday with twenty-three residing in the local Hotel Brisablanca not two hundred metres from the visit’s meeting point.
February 2014 - Vultures and Viaducts
Any ABS field trip is always preceded by a degree of excitement, checking the weather, planning the packed lunch and wondering which particular fashion statement, using multiple shades of green, to make this month. Starting out from Mijas just as the night-time street lights were turning off, the clock on the dashboard said 7.45 am and the temperature a cool 7ºc, no wind and no rain, so far so good.
January 2014 -Laguna Fuente de Piedra
Flamingos by the thousand
Although the weather forecast was not very impressive, the actual weather for our annual January Field Meeting at Laguna Fuente de Piedra was not too bad. Unfortunately, the forecast and bad weather the previous evening on the coast deterred a number of members from joining us on the day. There were no startling species to be seen, but we were impressed with the number of Greater Flamingos on the main laguna. In the afternoon we travelled to Laguna Dulce and again we were faced with a huge number of a particular species – but which species was it.
November 2013 - Ventas de Zafarraya and its hinterland
Our November Field Meeting had four stages to it. The first was a walk along the old railway track above Ventas de Zafarraya, the second was viewing the arable land that surrounds Ventas de Zaffarraya, the third was visiting the small alguna on the edge of Alhama de Granada and the final stage a walk through the woods of El Robledal. A wide range of habitats that it was hoped would deliver a host of birds.
This year October and the early part of November have produced some wonderful, calm and warm weather. So everyone was looking forward to a warm Field Meeting in the mountains. It did not turn out quite like this. We had chosen the morning of the coldest night of the year for our Field Meeting - it was freezing. Some were well prepared and others weren't. Did it effect our birding read on and you will find out.
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