Posted by: atowhee | November 4, 2012

EVEN MORE PORTUGAL BIRDS

I am back in England physically, but it is cold, windy, raining and gray…so my mind is still on those sunlit birds along the Rio Tejos.

Here are three Spotless Starlings on rooftop cell-phone transmission antennae. There is an entire ecosystem on Lisbonese roofs: Black Redstarts fly-catching, Rock Pigeons and House Sparrows crumbing and sunning, Black-headed Gulls loafing, Robins singing from garden trees, Ring-necked Parakeets faffing about with lots to say, European Blackbirds.


Lisbon humans are big on night life, so there’s not much happening at dawn, which suits these Lisbon natives just fine.


White Wagtail on farmhouse roof.

White Wagtail on lawn at Jeronimos Monastery, Belem. On our birding trip to the Tejos Estuary we saw all three European species, one Gray and one Yellow Wagtail as well as the White.


This fishing boat was tied up at the village of Pancas on the eastern bank of the Tejos and inside the wildlife preserve.



Ringed Plover, though there were Little Ringed Plover present on the mudflats as well.

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