Friday, 3 April 2015

Tavira continued.

A visit was made to Castro Marim., we only touched a small area of what is a vast Nature Reserve.  Marsh Harrier, Black-tailed Godwits, Black-winged Stilt, Greater Flamingo (a distant view of 4 in the air), Azure-winged Magpie, Greenshank, Red-legged Partridge and Kentish Plover being the highlight species. The walk was along narrow tracks and paths, the vegetation was fairly tall in places which hid several small lagoons, lovely to suddenly come across these hidden gems, Black-winged Stilts, Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets were the main occupants in the lagoons.

Birds viewed almost daily from the hotel were Blackbird, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Greenfinch,  Collared Dove, Sardinian Warbler, Great Tit and Robin. The stars of the show were Serins and a Black Redstart! The hotel is situated on a hill and the view from our balcony overlooked the town,  this enabled great views of House Martins and Barn Swallows which were around in good numbers at dawn and dusk catching insects!

It was great to watch the Great Tits, Sardinian Warblers and Serins  as they busily collected nesting material.

                                                               To be continued.


  1. What an attractive bird the sardinian warbler is!

  2. They are rather lovely Si!

  3. Wow, talk about a "room with a view", lovely!
    I agree re the Sardinian Warbler, a real treat to see I bet!
    Looking forward to the next instalment Pam!

  4. I couldn't have picked a better room position if I had tried Ruth. Luck was on my