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Inconspicuous warblers and colorful Bee-eaters

By José Antonio Sánchez Iglesias

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Weather is improving and temperatures rising up to some comfortable 20ºC. Migration is still moving through Doñana’s forests and marshes and birds like Golden Oriole, Roller or Bee-eater are sill passing. Many of the last ones will stay to breed with us, like the one on the photo taken at Dehesa de Abajo, a small natural reserve next to the National Park. Other birds like Red-necked Nightjar, Western Olivaceous Warbler and Rufous Bush Robin are also coming in these days.
A good place this spring to try forest and water birds is La Rocina Stream which still keeps a good level of water. The walking trail that starts at the visitor centre will take you to a series of hides along the southern banks of the river, where warblers like Melodious, Savi’s, Great Reed and Reed are common at the moment, and through some nice patches of stone pine forests where Tree Sparrow, Crested Tit and Short-toed Treecreper are common sightings. La Rocina is also a good spot for species like Purple and Squacco Heron, Marsh Harrier and Red-crested Pochard.

About José Antonio Sánchez Iglesias

José Antonio Sánchez se licenció en Biología por la Universidad de Sevilla en 1985. Más tarde, durante varios años, se dedicó a organizar y guiar rutas de senderismo y naturaleza ...

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