By José Antonio Sánchez Iglesias
Posted in Doñana today
Towards the end of February many of our winter birds have gone back to the north although there are a good number of cranes and some geese still in the marshes. Robin, song thrush, meadow pipit, black redstart, skylark and chiffchaff are also still around in good numbers. Meadows in the forests are bright green and decorated with the first spring flowers; patches of crane bills still cover large areas along the marsh edges.
The first orchids come out in the pine forest several weeks earlier than usual and red admirals also fly around earlier than normal due to the warm winter we are having this year. Reed deer are losing their antlers and show a funny looking while grazing in the open marshes and male Iberian lynx are giving birth hidden deep in the forest.
Calandra, crested and lesser short-toed larks display restless all over the marshes while red kites, buzzards, common kestrels and hen harriers overfly them in search of a prey. Lesser kestrels coming from Africa increase the number of breeding pairs in our colonies.
Great spotted cuckoos are seen every day near their potential hosts, the magpies. Serins, goldfinches, greenfinches, linnets, corn buntings, great tits, blue tits, wrens, chaffinches, short-toed treecreepers, wrens and sardinian warblers sound all over in the forests, working their way to the coming breeding season.
Blue skies decorated with white clouds offer the perfect background under a great soft light for beautiful landscapes photo opportunities.