Ornithology and birding in this corner of the world

Steppe Grey Shrike, first for Catalonia

The day started cloudy, but not really cold, at the Empordà plains. South-westerly winds have brought mild temperatures and weather fronts bring in some rain, a sign of the spring that is just around the corner. Past week’s north-east cold irruption, boosted by strong high pressures in Scandinavia, is gone. Who would have thought that a first for Catalonia, a mega-rare winter visitor from Central Asia, would be discovered this late in the season.
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Passerine Topography

As usual, it’s all about birds 🙂 Here you can watch a video we made recently: a detailed explanation of a passerine’s main body features.

It is an educational video, so it can be used as a teaching tool for beginners. Knowing these key words and the location of the different plumage features is very helpful when trying to identify a bird in the field or writing observation details on your notebook.

We hope you find it interesting!


Urban Rosy Starling

The coastal town of Premià de Mar, very close to Barcelona, is hosting a Rosy Starling since at least February 22th, when it was initially spotted by a neighbour living in front of the old fig tree, Ficus benjamina, where a mixed flock of Common and Spotless Starlings come to roost every evening. This is certainly not the place where you would expect to find a rarity such as this one. Click to enlarge:
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Wallcreeper winter day

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?
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Birding under the Rain

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!

Isabelline Warbler bill details

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.
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Birding Israel

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.

We love to visit Israel and, although it’s been a while, with almost 11.000 views up until now, this video we made proves that few places raise as much interest in the birding community as Israel. Read more