Spring is well on the way. Both Pallid and Common Swifts are here, the hirundines are all over the place, from the insignificant little Sand Martins to the high speed movement of Alpine Swifts. Reports are coming in of several races of Yellow Wagtails being seen, warblers are starting to show up - Willow, Subalpine, the first Whitethroat has ben seen near Seville. Northern and Black-eared Wheatears have been reported. Down in the Strait raptors are pouring across and waders are building up, the Ruffs and the Black-tailed Godwits on their way to breeding grounds far north from Andalucía. Ducks too are moving, although have been few reports of Garganey but the same day as Dave & Co. were birding to the far east, Federico Vallés saw 7 Tufted Ducks at Fuente de Piedra. Anything can turn up anywhere so now is the time to get up and get out!
So on to the Arboleas Group who set forth once more, this time under clearer skies, although I fear that Dave's optimism may well be misplaced.
|Kentish Plover, male|