Passerines seen in April

Passerines seen in April

Bonelli%27s Warbler w4314
Bonelli’s Warbler

In the dictionary the word passerine is described thus: passerine |ˈpasərin, -ˌrīn|Ornithology
adjective – of, relating to, or denoting birds of a large order distinguished by feet that are adapted for perching, including all songbirds. noun – a passerine bird; a perching bird.

The order Passeriformes comprises more than half of all bird species, the remainder being known informally as the nonpasserines. All passerines in Europe belong to the suborder Oscines (the oscine passerines), so that the term is effectively synonymous with ‘songbird’ there (see songbird). Those of the suborder Deutero-Oscines (the suboscine passerines) are found mainly in America (ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from Latin passer ‘sparrow’ + -ine1.)

Subalpine Warbler 1418
Subalpine Warbler

Subalpine Warbler adm spring w1397
Subalpine Warbler

Cirl Bunting adf 2610
Cirl Bunting, female

Common Cuckoo flight spring 9846
Common Cuckoo

Common Redstart adm spring 4515
Common Redstart

Common Stonechat Banded Centipide 3129
Common Stonechat male taking on a Banded Centipide

Common Stonechat adm spring 3106
Common Stonechat male

Corn Bunting flight 4195
Corn Bunting in flight

Dawn spring over El Palomar 9667
When passerines arrive at dawn…

Hoopoe Spring w4824

Hoopoe w4816

Melodious Warbler spring 8876
Melodious Warbler

Northern Wheatear adm Spring 3944
Northern Wheatear male

Spectacled Warbler adf 9644
Spectacled Warbler

Spectacled Warbler nest material 9655
Spectacled Warbler collecting nesting material

Tawny Pipit spring 9326
Tawny Pipit

Turtle Dove spring 4246
Turtle Dove

This lovely bird arrived this week with not a feather out of place, surviving hundreds of ‘sport’ hunters from many N European countries who go to Morocco, Tunisia & Senegal to shoot birds on migration as a personal challenge and for the sheer fun of it. There are very few breeding Turtle Doves left in France and Italy these days and by annihilating the numbers travelling north through Morocco just shows what a pathetic species we are.

What beautiful and gentle creatures Turtle Doves are

Woodchat Shrike Banded Centipede 9206
Woodchat Shrike takes on a Banded Centipede as well…

Woodchat Shrike ad spring 1515

Woodchat Shrike spring takeoff w2858

Woodchat Shrike spring 1510

Woodchat Shrike spring 3737

Yellow Wagtail ad spring 9773
A Yellow Wagtail of the Iberian race

Apologies for this short photo report but time is against me as I continue to lead more tours and enjoy my own back-yard!

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly, has been birding since he was eight years old in his native Scotland. After living in Germany and France he established Andalucian Guides the successful birding and wildlife tour company on The Strait of Gibraltar in Spain and has been living here since 2001. Photographing birds in flight is one passion and his photos can be found in many books, magazines and journals. Studying bird behaviour and bird migration are two other positive aspects of being based on one of the busiest migration routes on Earth.

Vanished - Megascops Choliba by Jose Garcia Allievi

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