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Monfragüe, Trujillo

& Valle de Jerte

Extremadura · Spain

 

11 - 18 June 2013

Observers: F. & L. Simpson

 

INTRODUCTION


 

Having last visited Extremadura in 2002, I was feeling drawn to return to Monfragüe and its surroundings, particularly the peaceful but magical dehesas. There was no real urge to rush around finding species I had seen well on previous visits. This time I was concentrating on sound recording whatever species I encountered with less emphasis on tabulating numbers of everything seen. As a result, this report concentrates on vocalisations and selected cuts are presented here in mp3 format. This was also Lisa's first visit to south-west Spain and we pitched all week at Camping Monfragüe on the edge of the national park.

 

 

Sheep bells and Thekla Lark in the dehesa around Parque Nacional de Monfragüe

 

 

 Dehesa around Monfragüe © Fraser Simpson

Dehesa around Monfragüe

 

 

 

Parque Nacional de Monfrague, Trujillo & Valle de Jerte Systematic List  11-18 June 2013


 

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos


Pr, Jardines de Sabatini, Madrid, 11/06.

Common, Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

 

 

Red-legged Partridge  Alectoris rufa


Noted in the dehesa, particularly along the roadsides, most days.

 

 

Common Quail  Coturnix coturnix


2 singing males, Trujillo-Monroy road, 14/06.

 

 

Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis


2, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Territorial/advertising song from a pair.

Little Grebe

Several pairs, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus


Several pairs, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06

 

 

Great Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo


Fairly common, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla.

Max 12, from observatorio #3, mbalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Little Bittern  Ixobrychus minutus


1, Observatorio #3, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Black-crowned  Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax


3, Observatorio #4, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Squacco Heron  Ardeola ralloides


1, in small marsh between Saucedilla and Observatorio ornitológica #5, Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

 

 

Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis


Common, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Little Egret  Egretta garzetta


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Great Egret  Casmerodius albus


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 35.57.1" N  05° 41' 01.1" W  16 June 2013

Call from an adult passing in flight.

Great Egret

1, Observatorio ornitológica #5, Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

4+, Observatorio #2, Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

1, Observatorio #4, Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

 

 

Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea


Noted, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Calls from an adult landing at the nest site.

Purple Heron

Many birds nesting in reedbeds at Embalse de Arrocampo.

Well grown nestlings visible from observation hides #1, #2, #3 and #4.

 

 Embalse de Arrocampo © Fraser Simpson

Embalse de Arrocampo and surrounding olive groves

 

 

White Stork  Ciconia ciconia


 

White Storks nesting in Trujillo © Fraser Simpson

White Storks nesting on tower, surrounded grassy plains and dehesa

 

Many roadside nests on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Common around Monfragüe.

Nesting in every town and village.

Pr, nesting on the roof of a hide (Observatorio ornitológica #5), Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

 

 

Black Stork  Ciconia nigra


Peña Falcon, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 49' 42.25" N  06° 03' 29.09" W  18 June 2013

Call from adult flying in to the nest site.

Black Stork

3 prs nesting at Peña Falcon.

 

 

Eurasian Spoonbill  Platalea leucorodia


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Eurasian Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 49' 43.88" N  06° 03' 36.53" W  18 June 2013

Calls from the breeding colony at Peña Falcon.

Griffon Vulture

 

Seen daily in large numbers, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Also noted around Trujillo, Monroy, Valle de Jerte, Embalse de Arrocampo.

 

Eurasian Griffon Vulture  (Gyps fulvus) © Fraser Simpson

 Griffon Vulture, perched below Salto del Gitano

 

 

Eurasian Black Vulture  Aegypius monachus


Seen daily in small numbers, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

20+, between Trujillo and Monroy, 14/06.

 

Black Vulture © Fraser Simpson

Black Vulture passing over Peña Falcon

 

 

Egyptian Vulture  Noephron percnopterus


Seen in small numbers each day.

 

 

Spanish Imperial Eagle  Aquila adalberti


1, over Peña Falcon, 12/06.

1, over Río Almonte, 14/06.

 

 

Short-toed Eagle  Circaetus gallicus


1-2, seen daily, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

1, perched on pylon on outskirts of Trujillo, 14/06.

 

 

Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata


2-3, noted most days in Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

 

 

Bonelli's Eagle  Aquila fasciata


1, La Tajadilla, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 18/06.

 

 

European Honey-buzzard  Pernis apivorus


1, Valle de Jerte, on drive up to Puerto de Honduras, 15/06.

 

 

Red Kite  Milvus milvus


1-2, seen most days.

 

 

Black Kite  Milvus migrans


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 52' 10.3" N  05° 54' 39.0" W  11 June 2013

Calls from a bird mobbed by an Iberian Magpie.

Black Kite

Common, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Flock of 60+, feeding on road from La Bazagona into Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 11/06.

Common thoughout.

 

 

Western Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06 and 18/06.

 

 

Montagu's Harrier  Circus pygargus


Several, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Common in plains around Trujillo.

 

 

Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo


1-2, noted most days in Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

 

 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus


1, Camping Monfragüe, 11/06.

1, Salto de Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 18/06.

 

 

Black-winged Kite  Elanus caeruleus


1, Embalse de Arrocampo, 16/06.

 

 

Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos


1, Valdeamor, 15/06.

 

 

Common Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus


Several, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

 

 

Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni


Several, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

 

 

Peregrine  Falco peregrinus


1, Peña Falcon, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 12/06 and 18/06.

 

 

Water Rail  Rallus aquaticus


Several calling, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Eurasian Coot  Fulica atra


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Purple Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio


Several noted at most hides, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Little Bustard  Tetrax  tetrax


2, between Trujillo and Monroy, 14/06.

 

 

Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius


Pr, Río Almonte, 14/06.

 

 

Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos


1, Río Almonte, 14/06.

 

Whiskered Tern  Childonias hybrida


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Gull-billed Tern  Gelochelidon nilotica


Embalse de Arrocampo 39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Calls from two birds passing in flight.

Gull-billed Tern

Several, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

20+, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

Black-bellied Sandgrouse  Pterocles orientalis


6, Trujillo to Monroy, 14/06.

 

 

Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon  Columba livia/C. livia domesticated


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 49' 48.09" N  06° 02' 5.58" W  13 June 2013

Calls from a colony of birds nesting under a bridge.

Feral Pigeon

Common around towns and villages.

Also nesting under the main bridge over the Rio Tajo, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

 

 

Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus


1 singing, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Seen daily in small number, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Max 60, near Monroy, 14/06.

 

 

Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  12 June 2013

Territorial song from camp site in oak dehesa.

 

Common around towns and villages, and Camping Monfragüe.

 

 Lisa at Camping  Monfragüe © Fraser Simpson Fraser above Valle de Jerte © Fraser Simpson

 

 

European Turtle Dove  Streptopelia turtur


1, Torrejón el Rubio, 16/06.

 

 

Common Cuckoo  Cuculus canorus


Puerto de Honduras  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Advertising song from open oak woodland at the tree line at a rate of 48 times/min.

Cuckoo

Only heard in Valle de Jerte and around Puerto de Honduras.

 

Puerto de Honduras © Fraser Simpson

Woodlark, Rock Bunting and Ortolan Bunting habitat around Puerto de Honduras

 

 

Little Owl   Athene noctua


1, south of Rio Almonte on road to Trujillo, 14/06.

2, between Trujillo and Monroy, 14/06.

 

 

Eurasian Scops Owl   Otus scops


Camping Monfragüe  39° 56' 55.87" N  06° 05' 5.70" W  13 June 2013

Duetting pair with almost perfect synchronisation; the female is producing the second, quieter, shorter and higher-pitched part.

Eurasian Scop's Owl

Camping Monfragüe  39° 56' 55.87" N  06° 05' 5.70" W  13 June 2013

Song/territorial call from the male.

Eurasian Scop's Owl 2

2-3 singing males heard after sunset each evening around Camping Monfragüe, 11-17/06.

 

 

Eagle Owl   Bubo bubo


1, Portilla del Tiétar, 12/06.

 

 

Red-necked Nightjar   Caprimulgus ruficollis


1, heard distantly, Portilla del Tiétar, 12/06.

 

 

Common Swift  Apus apus


Trujillo  39° 27' 44.56" N  05° 52' 58.73" W  14 June 2013

Calls from birds entering nest in the castle walls.

Common Swift

Noted over Madrid.

Noted in small numbers throughout.

 

 Trujillo © Fraser Simpson

Trujillo town with breeding Lesser Kestrel and White Stork

 

 

Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus


Noted in small numbers throughout.

 

 

Alpine Swift  Apus melba


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe 39° 49' 48.09" N  06° 02' 5.58" W  13 June 2013

Calls from birds entering nest under the bridge over the Río Tajo.

Alpine Swift

Regular around most of Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Max 30, at the main bridge over the Río Tajo, 13/06.

 

 Río Tajo © Fraser Simpson

Bridge over the Río Tajo with nesting Alpine Swift, House Martin, and Crag Martin

 

 

White-rumped Swift  Apus caffer


Up to 4 birds seen passing along the Sierra de las Corchuelas at Castillo de Monfragüe on 14/06 and 17/04.

 

 

European Roller  Coracias garrulus


Several, Trujillo to Monroy, 14/06.

 

 

Eurasian Hoopoe  Upupa epops


Camping Monfragüe  39° 56' 41.11" N  06° 04' 57.68" W  15 June 2013

Territorial song from a male in a Holm Oak in the dehesa.

Eurasian Hoopoe

Fairly common in the dehesa around Monfragüe and Trujillo.

Heard singing each morning near our tent at Camping Monfragüe.

 

 

Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis


1, Río Almonte, 14/06.

2, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06.

 

 

European Bee-eater  Merops apiaster


Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis


Heard, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopus major


Common throughout.

 

 

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopus minorr


1, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Crested Lark  Galerida cristata


Embalse de Arrocampo 39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  18 June 2013

Song uttered in hovering flight.

Crested Lark

Common throughout.

 

 

Thekla Lark  Galerida theklae


Monroy  39° 40' 18.0" N  06° 12' 47.9" W  14 June 2013

Song uttered from stoney ground in an olive grove in dehesa habitat.

Thekla Lark

Common throughout.

 

 

Woodlark  Lullula arborea


Puerto de Honduras  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Territorial song from perch in oak at the treeline limit.

Woodlark

A few heard or seen daily in small numbers, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

More common in the Valle de Jerte and around Puerto de Honduras.

 

 

Greater Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla


Noted in plains around Trujillo, 14/06.

 

 

Calandra Lark  Melanocorypha calandra


Noted in plains around Trujillo, 14/06.

 

 

Sand Martin  Riparia riparia


Several, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06 and 18/06.

 

 

Eurasian Crag Martin  Ptyonprogne rupestris


Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Calls from a pair close to the nest site.

Crag Martin

Noted at several sites around Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Easiest to observe around nest site at Salto de Gitano.

 

 

Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica


2, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Common, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Common throughout.

 

 

Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica


Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Song from a perched bird.

Red-rumped Swallow

Fairly common around water courses throughout.

Max 8, Salto de Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 18/06.

 

 

House Martin  Delichon urbicum


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 43' 42.1" N  06° 01' 33.6" W  13 June 2013

Calls from foraging birds.

House Martin

30+, Plaza Mayor, Madrid, 11/06.

Common, on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

Common around Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

200+, Torrejón el Rubio, 13/06.

500+, at the main bridge over the Río Tajo, 13/06.

100+, Puente de Albata, Almara > Jaraicejo.

 

 

Tawny Pipit  Anthus campestris


1, in the steppe grassland/plains between Trujillo and Monroy, 14/06.

 

 

White Wagtail  Motacilla alba


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 49' 54.23" N  06° 01' 41.95" W  13 June 2013

Song from shoreline of Río Tajo.

White Wagtail

Río Almonte  39° 39' 53.1" N  05° 56' 22.8" W  14 June 2013

Calls from bird perched on stone in the river.

White Wagtail2

1, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Noted at most water bodies in Extremadura.

 

 

Iberian Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava iberiae


Fairly common around Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla.

 

 

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


Noted along the Río Tajo and Valle de Jerte.

 

 

Dunnock  Prunella modularis


Only seen in subalpine scub above 1400m around Puerto de Honduras and in gullies on lower slope of Valdeamor.

 

 

European Robin  Erithacus rubecula


Noted on the north slope of the Sierra de las Corchuelas, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Fairly common in oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Common Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos


Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros


Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Territorial song from bare, rocky cliff.

Black Redstart

Observed at Salto de Gitano, Castillo de Monfragüe, Villareal de San Carlos.

 

 

Northern Wheatear  Oenanthe oenanthe


Valdeamor  40° 14' 7.04" N  05° 50' 30.61" W  15 June 2013

Song given in flight from rocks at c1800 metres.

Northern Wheatear

3 prs, on walk between Puerto de Honduras and Valdeamor peak, 15/06.

 

 

Black-eared Wheatear  Oenanthe hispanica


Several, Trujillo to Monroy, 14/06.

 

 Trujillo © Fraser Simpson

Trujillo main square with breeding Lesser Kestrel and White Stork

 

 

Common Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus


Puerto de Honduras  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Territorial song from scrubby hillside above the tree line.

Stonechat

Río Almonte  39° 39' 53.1" N  05° 56' 22.8" W  14 June 2013

Alarm calls.

Stonechat

 

 

Common Blackbird  Turdus merula


4 singing, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Common throughout.

 

 

Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus


2, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius


Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Territorial song from bare, rocky cliff.

Blue Rock Thrush

Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe   39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Begging calls from a fledgling.

Blue Rock Thrush2

 

 

Blackcap  Sylvia atricapilla


Puerto de Honduras  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Territorial song from open oak hillside at tree line.

Blackcap

Common throughout.

 

 

Common Whitethroat  Sylvia communis


Puerto de Honduras  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Territorial perched song from scrubby gully above the tree line.

Whitethroat

Only seen in subalpine scub above 1400m around Puerto de Honduras and in gullies on lower slope of Valdeamor.

 

 

Western Orphean Warbler  Sylvia hortensis


1 male, near the bridge over Arroyo de la Vid, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 16/06.

 

 

 Rolling dehesa-covered hillsides © Fraser Simpson

Rolling dehesa-covered hillsides

 

 

Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala


Fairly common in rocky/scrubby areas.

 

 

Subalpine Warbler  Sylvia cantillans


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 49' 57.6" N  06° 00' 53.7" W  13 June 2013

Territorial song from rocky slope with scrub.

Subalpine Warbler 3

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 49' 57.6" N  06° 00' 53.7" W  13 June 2013

Alarm calls.

Subalpine Warbler 2

 

 

Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis


Río Almonte  39° 39' 53.1" N  05° 56' 22.8" W  14 June 2013

Territorial/advertising song uttered in flight over dehesa and river with lush vegetation.

Zitting Cisticola

  

 

Cetti's Warbler  Cettia cetti


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Calls.

Cetti's Warbler

Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Song - single strope.

Cetti's Warbler2

 

 

Savi's Warbler  Locustella luscinioides


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Territorial reeling song from reeds.

Savi's Warbler2

Several reeling, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06

 

 

European Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus scirpaceus


Several singing, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06

 

 

Great Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus arundinaceus


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Territorial/advertising song from reeds.

Great Reed Warbler

Several singing, Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla, 16/06

 

 

Melodious Warbler  Hippolais polyglotta


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Alarm calls.

Melodious Warbler

 

 

Western Bonelli's Warbler  Phylloscopus bonelli


2, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla


1, Castillo de Monfragüe, 12/06.

2, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces,  Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Eurasian Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes


Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  17 June 2013

Territorial song from steep, rocky ravine.

Wren

Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Spotted Flycatcher  Muscicapa striata


1, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces,  Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Pied Flycatcher  Ficedula hypoleuca


Male, in oak woodland above the cherry terraces,  Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Great Tit  Parus major


1 singing, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 43' 52.1" N  06° 01' 33.6" W  13 June 2013

Begging calls from a fledgling.

Blue Tit

Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus


Pr, in pine woodland near Tiétar Dam, 18/06.

 

 

Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus


Only observed from oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

 

 

Eurasian Nuthatch  Sitta europea


Fairly common in oak dehesas and from oak woodland above the cherry terraces in Valle de Jerte.

 

 

Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla


Common throughout.

 

Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridioalis


Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator


Arroyo de la Vid, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe 39° 48' 11.04" N  06° 01' 30.73" W  12 June 2013

Calls from two males in pursuit during territorial dispute.

Woodchat Shrike

Very common throughout - the classic roadside bird.

 

 

Iberian (Azure-winged) Magpie  Cyanopica cyanus


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Call from an adult - used in alarm?

Iberian Magpie

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 56' 55.87" N  06° 05' 5.70" W  12 June 2013

Calls from a begging juvenile.

Iberian Magpie2

 

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 56' 55.87" N  06° 05' 5.70" W  12 June 2013

More musical calls from a family group.

Iberian Magpie3

Frequent and common in dehesas throughout including around Monfragüe, Trujillo, Monroy and Valle de Jerte.

Easiest to observe at Camping Monfragüe where habituated to humans and coming to food at our tent.

 

Iberian Magpie © Fraser Simpson

Iberian Magpie outside our tent, Camping Monfragüe

 

 

Black-billed Magpie  Pica pica


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  18 June 2013

Calls from a fledged brood.

Magpie

5, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Abundant on the drive from Madrid to Monfragüe, 11/06.

 

 

Eurasian Jay  Garrulus glandarius


Fairly common in Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, Valle de Jerte, and surrounding dehesas.

 

 

Western Jackdaw  Corvus monedula


Fairly common around towns and villages,

 

 

Common Raven  Corvus corax


Pairs noted daily in most area.

 

 

Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor


Camping Monfragüe  39° 56' 41.11" N  06° 04' 57.68" W  15 June 2013

Pure sounding whistles from a singing bird.

Spotless Starling

 

 

Golden Oriole  Oriolus oriolus


Distant bird singing from oak woodland above the cherry terraces, Valle de Jerte, 15/06.

Male, Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 18/06.

 

 

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


Embalse de Arrocampo  39° 50' 17.1" N  05° 41' 03.7" W  16 June 2013

Calls from a male repeatedly copulating with a female perched on a barbed wire fence.

House Sparrow

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  14 June 2013

Advertising song from the campground.

 

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  14 June 2013

Calls from a pair feeding fledglings.

 

Numerous, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Abundant, Jardines de Sabatini, Madrid, 11/06.

Abundant in towns and villages throughout.

 

 

Spanish Sparrow  Passer hispaniolensis


Arroyo de la Vid, Monfragüe, Extremadura, Spain  39° 48' 11.04" N  06° 01' 30.73" W

Territorial calls/song from displaying male close to the nest

Spanish Sparrow

Fairly common in steppe grassland and dehesa around Trujillo and Monroy.

 

 

Rock Sparrow  Petronia petronia


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Adult calling.

Rock Sparrow

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  18 June 2013

Begging calls from a fledgling.

Rock Sparrow 2

 

Noted in Monfragüe, Valle de Jerte, and Trujillo area.

Max 20, La Bazagona entrance to Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, 18/06.

 

 

Common Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs


Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 43' 52.1" N  06° 01' 33.6" W  13 June 2013

Song from hot, dry scub/woodland above the Río Tajo.

Chaffinch

Common throughout.

 

 

Common Linnet  Carduelis cannabina


Salto del Gitano, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe,  39° 51' 36.0" N  05° 56' 28.6" W  12 June 2013

Begging calls from a fledgling.

Linnet

Fairly Common throughout.

 

 

European Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis


Trujillo  39° 27' 42.59" N  05° 53' 2.60" W  14 June 2013

Perched song from overgrown gardens.

European Goldfinch

Common throughout.

 

 

European Greenfinch  Carduelis chloris


1 singing, Calle Totoa, Madrid, 11/06.

Several singing, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Fairly Common throughout.

 

 

European Serin  Serinus serinus


Trujillo  39° 27' 42.59" N  05° 53' 2.60" W  14 June 2013

Song from overgrown gardens.

Serin

3 singing, Jardines del Templo de Debod, Madrid, 11/06.

Fairly common throughout.

 

 

Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes


Small numbers noted most days in Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Easiest to see around Salto de Gitano and Castillo de Monfragüe.

 

 

Ortolan Bunting  Emberiza hortulana


Valdeamor  40° 13' 54.99" N  05° 50' 26.09" W 1600m  15 June 2013

Territorial song (with neighbour replying) at 1700m on bare hillside gully with a few bushes.

Ortolan Bunting

Valdeamor  40° 13' 54.99" N  05° 50' 26.09" W 1600m  15 June 2013

Calls.

Ortolan Bunting2

10+ singing males, around Puerto de Honduras and the climb up Valdeamor, 15/06.

 

 Valdeamor © Fraser Simpson

Ortolan Bunting habitat on Valdeamor, above Puerto de Honduras

 

 

Cirl Bunting  Emberiza cirlus


Castillo de Monfragüe 39° 49' 40.59" N  06° 03' 03.60" W  17 June 2013

Territorial song from slope below the castle.

Cirl Bunting 2

Noted around steep slopes and crags within Parque Nacional de Monfragüe.

Singing male, Puerto de Miravete, 16/06.

 

 

Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia


Arroyo de la Vid, Parque Nacional de Monfragüe  39° 48' 11.04" N  06° 01' 30.73" W  16 June 2013

Singing from steep, scrubby slope above a stream.

Rock Bunting

Puerto de Honduras  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Calls from bare hillside gully with a few bushes.

Rock Bunting2

Fairly common in rocky areas.

 

Reed Bunting  Emberiza schoeniclus


Noted at Embalse de Arrocampo, Saucedilla.

 

 

Corn Bunting  Miliaria calandra


Fairly common throughout.

Abundant around Trujillo and Monroy areas.

 

 

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