These days we are in what could be considered the real anticyclonic summer in the Iberian Peninsula, with blue skies and high temperatures in the middle of the day. Although luckily a light breeze allowed to enjoy a new birding tour in the Natural Park of the Ebro and Rudrón, and adjacent areas Bricia and Waterfowl Reserve of Ebro Reservoir. Recorded 53 species make the day has been very productive. Again, the raptors (7 species recorded) were especially abundant, albeit with significant absences like Short-toed Eagle. Good numbers for Stonechats, very different to that seen in the spring, where the Stonechats were virtually absent.
In this article, signed by the great ornithologist Ricard Gutiérrez, refers to species that can be observed in Spain, with a paragraph that says “Actually if we go to the field to observe often know more than fifty species in a day is good. View over 100 is something and to celebrate. Reaching a special occasion the 150 is epic. “ Of the 363 species regularly observed in Spain, in one morning to observe 53 species means having registered 16%, which is a good number. Registration of 53 different species of birds, falls within the mean observation for a day of morning in the PN of the Ebro and Rudrón. If we make a special effort, as we did for SACRE programs, this figure can rise to more than 60 species, reaching more than 70 species if we invest a whole day of birding. Of course there are seasons in which it is easier to register a good number of birds, and summer is not exactly one of them.
Anyway a good birding day and of course we enjoying scenery and villages of Las Merindades really wonderful.
Great Spotted Woodpecker