Monday was spent watching Marsh Harrier, Black Winged Stilt, Red Rumped Swallow, Osprey, Black Winged Kite, Flamingos, Caspian Tern oh & Wryneck and Great Spotted Cuckoo – as well as the above Hoopoe.. Sardinian Warbler and Zitting Cisticola were in full voice, the temperature was a very pleasant 19 celcius.
I know it is close to April fool’s day, but I am not even going to try and claim the above for Radnorshire (if only!), as we have just returned from a few days in Lisbon. However, I would like to give a small plug for our fabulous guide Bernardo from Birds and Nature tours Portugal (Site at http://www.birds.pt/ ). He took us out to the fantastic Tagus Estuary and was absolutely brilliant with both myself, Theresa and Isla. We saw 74 species of bird in a few hours – even with a three year old in tow. If anyone has a chance to go Lisbon it is an amazing city with lovely people, great architecture and a huge amount of wildlife on it’s doorstep.
Alas, it looks like winter is returning in Wales after our brief taste of summer – we felt it stepping of the aeroplane yesterday! I can confirm that the Swallows and Martins are not far away though..