A quick visit to a beach near Barcelona yesterday produced a nice mixed flock of gulls resting on the sand. Dog-walkers are becoming an issue in these densely populated areas, as gulls are constantly bothered and end up roosting on the water.
Heavy snow hit the Pyrenees the last days, reaching lower altitudes than is usual. Despite the cold, we are always eager to go birding, and today our primary goal was to spot the wallcreeper. We started early and as we drove higher and higher the snow cover got thicker. The rock faces remained clear though, so we stopped to make a first attempt. No luck. Actually, there might be a wallcreeper somewhere up there, but how to find it?
The Southwest of the United States suffers regular droughts, maybe even more than it would be natural, because of the climate change. When, on December 2014, heavy rain finally hit California, we were luckily there to capture the moment. This video was shot in the middle of the storm, in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. And you see, even under the rain the hummingbirds keep flying!
Field identification of Iduna and Acrocephalus Warblers in Europe can be tough in some cases, as plumage differences tend to be subtle between species. They often have different distribution areas or choose different habitats, but at the same time, most of them are migratory birds, and the chance of a vagrant is always present, so nothing should be ruled out when checking out a suspicious bird.
On the eastern side of the Mediterranean, and sitting on a crossroads of Continents, there is no doubt that Israel is one of the top countries in the Western Palearctic to go birding. Migration is just spectacular.