Iberian Nature - Service of guides of nature. Birding in Extremadura

During the past weekend of 26 to 28 May I was in Trujillo, participating in the Festival of the primitive kestrel "Mical de Trujillo".

On Friday, organized during the occasion of the technical day organized to celebrate the First Kestrel Festival in Trujillo.

During my speech I was talking about bird watching in urban centers, my experiences since Iberian Nature and the importance it has the urban avifauna as a resource for ornithological tourism, as well as possible applications within the framework of environmental education through bird watching.

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 I was attending the observation post of birds that throughout the weekend was in the main square of Trujillo.

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This bird watching spot was installed next to the tourist office, with the aim of showing the importance of Trujillo for birds like the cernica which is why a very important part of the urban area is declared as SPA (Special Protection Area for birds).

From this place, we have been able to enjoy the observation of kestrels, kestrels common and pale, an interesting colony of white storks with well-grown chickens, dauric and common swallows, common airplanes and rockers, red-headed hawks and raptors like black kite, king kite, causeway eagle or griffon vultures and black.

There was also time to guide ornithological routes through Trujillo. So on Saturday morning I was in charge of guiding a route through the monumental area and area of ​​extramuros, where in addition to the typical urban birdlife, as we look out at the excellent viewpoint that supposes the place known as the Espolón, Mirador de las Monjas or Round of the Battlements.

Kestrel (Falco naumanni), a female photographed in the backlight, just as it flies very low over the battlements to its hunting and feeding grounds.

In the afternoon , I was guiding the ornithological route that visited the buildings that currently house the largest colonies of Kestrel in Trujillo, which are the silos and the bullring, in the silos we could see an intense activity of coming and going of adults who brought cebas for the chicks of few days or some male bringing some food and doing some relief in the nest to those females that still incubate. In this place, we could also verify that finally the pair of kestrels that this year has been installed in the small silo, has at least 2 chickens less than 2 weeks old, we could also see the vulgar kestrel female perched on one of his favorite innkeepers of the big silo, from where he watched his nest and his chickens.

  • Adam Floyd