April has been a busy month for Birdwatch in Alentejo and our tours with clients have seen us visiting some amazing places, observing lots of birds and taking in the wonders of the spring flora which is absolutely delightful this year following the wet winter and early spring period. The Alentejo landscape is literally covered in colour!
Despite the weather still remaining unsettled this month, none of our tours was spoilt as the weather was kind to both our clients and ourselves.
Our tours saw us take clients to an area of the International Tagus which provided a raptor spectacular as we encountered not only the huge Egyptian, Griffon and Black Vultures, but also the majestic Golden and Spanish Imperial Eagles. We also found warblers in plentiful supply with Dartford, Spectacled and Western Orphean Warblers all showing well and we were lucky enough to find a Western Bonelli’s Warbler – a migrant that passes through the area during the spring.
We’ve also headed south to visit the pseudo – the cereal steppes of the lower Alentejo which was enjoyed by every client who joined us. A good number of species were encountered and many memorable moments were to be had as we were treated to spectacular views of Great Bustards and Little Bustards – the signature species of the region. Both Northern and Black-eared Wheatear were seen, whilst Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Montagu’s Harrier and Calandra Lark enhanced the birding spectacle – which was complimented with the delightful colours Bee-eaters and Rollers.
Fantastic clients, fantastic birds, fantastic experiences and memories – that’s April in the Alentejo.