Posted by: atowhee | November 5, 2012

RIO TEJOS–CHECKLISTS

QINTA DA ATALAYA, PT. Oct 30, 2012 10:30 AM. 45 species (+1 other taxa). Gadwall X
Mallard X
Northern Shoveler X
Little Grebe X
Greater Flamingo X
White Stork X –these great birds stayed far away, many on nests atop tall electricity pylons, others soaring high over the marshes. At least two dozen nests were visible from a single location.
Great Cormorant X
Gray Heron X
Great Egret X
Little Egret X
Cattle Egret X
Glossy Ibis X
Osprey X
Black-shouldered Kite X
Common Buzzard X
Eurasian Moorhen X
Eurasian Coot X
Common Sandpiper X
Black-headed Gull X
Rock Pigeon (Domestic type) X
Eurasian Collared-Dove X
Common Kingfisher X
Eurasian Kestrel X
Eurasian Jay X
Carrion Crow X
Crested Lark X
Great Tit X
Eurasian Blue Tit X
Short-toed Treecreeper X
Cetti’s Warbler X
Common Chiffchaff X
Zitting Cisticola X
Sardinian Warbler X
European Robin X
European Stonechat X
Northern Wheatear X
Eurasian Blackbird X
Spotless Starling X
Western Yellow Wagtail X
White Wagtail X
Meadow Pipit X
Common Chaffinch X
House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow
Common Waxbill X. This was the first location our local guide took us. It is a private farm consisting of pasture, marshland, low hills with cork oak. It was wonderfully rich in birds, big and small. It borders the wildlife preserve along Rio Tejos.

ROUTE N118
, PT. Oct 30, 2012 12:00 PM. 20 species. Mallard X
Northern Shoveler X
Gray Heron X
Great Egret X
Little Egret X
Cattle Egret X
Common Buzzard X
Northern Lapwing X
Black-winged Stilt
Common Snipe X
Black-headed Gull X
Eurasian Kestrel X
Carrion Crow X
Crested Lark X
Common Chiffchaff X
European Stonechat X
Gray Wagtail X
White Wagtail X
Black-headed Weaver X
Common Waxbill X


RN Estu├írio do Tejo–Monte de Pancas, PT
. Oct 30, 2012 12:30 PM. 21 species. Mallard X
Northern Shoveler X
Greater Flamingo X
Great Cormorant X
Gray Heron X
Great Egret X
Osprey X
Kentish Plover X
Common Ringed Plover X
Little Ringed Plover X
Black-winged Stilt X
Pied Avocet X
Common Greenshank X

Common Redshank working shallow water.
Black-tailed Godwit X
Ruddy Turnstone X
Picture BELOW shows Ruddy Turnstones and Little Stint on gravel beach before high tide covers it up. Tides here can vary more than ten feet in very flat terrain making for extensive wet flats when tide is out. Shorebird heaven.
Little Stint X
Dunlin X
Black-headed Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull X
Sandwich Tern X

ALCOCHETE SALT PANS, PT. Oct 30, 2012 1:00 PM. 20 species (+1 other taxa). Mallard X
Gray Heron X
Great Egret X
Eurasian Moorhen X
Kentish Plover X
Common Ringed Plover X
Black-winged Stilt X
Pied Avocet X
Common Sandpiper X
Spotted Redshank X
Common Greenshank X
Common Redshank X
Ruddy Turnstone X
Sanderling X
Little Stint X
Dunlin X
Black-headed Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull X
Rock Pigeon (Domestic type) X


Crested Lark X
Common Chiffchaff X

Our guide, Bernardo, was excellent. If you are going to bird in Portugal and want contact info, let me know. Here’s our best non-bird: He was about three inches long and was one of many in a small, algae-filled pond.

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