For visitors who have been with us the birds which seem to have brought the most pleasure have been Little Bustards, the two regular Ospreys, Bluethroats, Purple Swamp-hens and Great Spotted Cuckoos. There has also been some enthusiasm for the gulls, particularly Audouin’s and Slender-billed but also Mediterranean.
Audouin's & Lesser Black-backed Gulls
For us the highlight was probably the Wood Sandpiper at Castro Marim, which by a few days was our earliest record of this species. It was also good to find Little Ringed Plovers birds that we don’t often see in February. These two brought the total of wader species seen during the week to an impressive 26.
Little Ringed Plover
The arrival of increasing numbers of hirundines encourages us to think that the migration season is now upon us. House Martins are inspecting what’s left of last year’s nests on buildings in the town centre; Barn Swallows are everywhere and a few Red-rumped Swallows are also appearing. It should be only a couple of weeks before the first Woodchat Shrikes return and by then we should also have seen Yellow Wagtails. Spring is surely just around the corner!