Wednesday, 11 April.
There are birds as well.
Red-rumped swallows on a wire. As we would find out later, they nest under a house’s balcony. Keep reading …
At the edge of the salt marsh below the castle hill, a little egret.
A yellow-legged gull on a pole in the water.
As we go down to the beach, something special. On an old agave flower stem, two lesser spotted woodpeckers! Such a small bird, so good at hiding … it was decades ago that I last saw one. And now, two! They hammer on the agave flower stem like on a tree.
Ten sanderlings land on the beach.
This is a video of sanderlings near Tavira.
A house martin flying.
A grey plover on the beach.
This plover is starting to change from its winter plumage to its beautiful summer plumage.
Two grey plovers on the beach. A dunlin. Two Kentish plovers.
I hear bee-eaters call.
Also greenfinch and blackbird sounds from the dunes.
Two little terns dive bomb into the sea.
A great cormorant flies just above the water.
Kentish and ringed plover.
In the coastal village, a male blackbird.
A corn bunting sings in the dunes.
A buzzard circles in the air.
Back to the hilltop of Cacela Velha, where one can hear a hoopoe call.
The red-rumped swallows nest under a house’s balcony.
Often, they sit down on the house’s clothesline, happily mixing with the clothespins.
On a tree behind the clothesline, a corn bunting sings.