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amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Depends on season and on camino... spring time in La Plata is amazing! Blue Jays, black kites, storks, nightingales, all type of emberizas, booted eagles, serins... you name it!
If you cross the Pyrinees now you will see plenty of vulture just a few feet away from you, for example. Herons in wetlands, coots... you have to be a bit more specific!
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
I'll never forget our close encounter with the giant Imperial Eagles on the Vdlp.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
My favorite avian encounters were a Hoopoe on the Frances near the turn-off to Euante, and a kettle of vultures near Pancorbo on the Vasco - there were about 15 of them taking advantage of a mountain face, taking turns soaring and perching on a row of crags. It was quite a sight.
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
That reminds me; in Aragones, in Foz de Lumbier, a small diversion off the official route which is perfectly signposted, you find tens of vultures too! But if you are looking for birds, the Via de la Plata in Springtime your cup of tea!
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!

Sho

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, 2019
On the CF this summer:
  • Mallard
  • Cattle Egret
  • Grey Heron
  • White Stork
  • Red Kite
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Common Buzzard
  • Booted Eagle
  • Eurasian Coot
  • Yellow-legged Gull
  • Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
  • Common Wood Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Swift
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Woodlark
  • Eurasian Crag Martin
  • Barn Swallow
  • Common House Martin
  • White Wagtail
  • Winter Wren
  • European Robin
  • Black Redstart
  • Common Redstart
  • European Stonechat
  • Common Blackbird (Merula)
  • Zitting Cisticola
  • Eurasian Blackcap
  • Western Bonelli's Warbler
  • Great Tit
  • Short-toed Treecreeper
  • Southern Grey Shrike
  • Azure-winged Magpie (which was surprising)
  • Common Magpie
  • Carrion Crow
  • Northern Raven
  • Spotless Starling
  • Common Starling
  • House Sparrow
  • Rock Sparrow
  • European Serin
  • European Goldfinch
  • Common Linnet
  • Red Crossbill
  • Eurasian Bullfinch
  • Cirl Bunting
  • White Nuthatch
  • Coal Tit (?)
  • Some ducks I still need to ID in a more extensive guide
  • Many other unidentified streaky brown birds
I used Lowen and Bocos's Birds of Spain as a Kindle book on my phone, and a Vortex Optics Solo Monocular 8x25.
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Thanks @Bradypus! Funny, I was going to mention that but I'm om my phone and was too lazy. That inspired bit of nomenclture has been delighting the inner children of ornithologists for centuies.. 🤭
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Peg had a problem with the cuckoos for awhile. Never having heard them, except for cuckoo clocks, she counted the calls to tell the time. :oops:
I'd never heard a cuckoo bird before either until I walked the Frances. I was fascinated by how much they sounded exactly like a cuckoo clock...it doesn't take much to fascinate me.😊
 

Silus

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPDP (Oct 2018)
Portugués (Oct 2019) Coastal/Spiritual
Finisterre/Muxia (Oct 2019)
6BB411A9-04F3-4CE8-8DCC-D80283B163EA.jpeg Tricastella to sarria
 

Silus

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPDP (Oct 2018)
Portugués (Oct 2019) Coastal/Spiritual
Finisterre/Muxia (Oct 2019)
Mum and 5 chicks. Loved this, reminds me of home.
 

Silus

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPDP (Oct 2018)
Portugués (Oct 2019) Coastal/Spiritual
Finisterre/Muxia (Oct 2019)
Did anyone see these? Another periogrino told me her farther told her these were Camino angels. He told her that when she saw these they were him come to watch over her. I saw them a few times when times were tough. They never seemed to be in a hurry to move on, no matter how close I got.
 

Silus

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPDP (Oct 2018)
Portugués (Oct 2019) Coastal/Spiritual
Finisterre/Muxia (Oct 2019)
IMG_0052.JPG Dropped my picture of the “Camino angel”
 

Sho

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, 2019
I saw a few of those little sweeties, Silus.
 

David Pettee

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
GPM '86; Soviet/Amer. Walk '88; Death Valley to Mt. Whitney '89; CF '18; Coast to Coast '19; CP '20
You bet! Go to eBird and see what is around. I had 100 species last year from late April to early June on the CF.
 

Chizuru

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
View attachment 64158Dropped my picture of the “Camino angel”
They are the European Robin and were very common in Galacia in October last year. We saw them many times a day and took a perfect Christmas card photo of one perched on an ivy-covered post in the Galacian mist. I didn't see any further back, only in Galacia.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2014-18, CF, Finisterre, Norte, Primitivo, Lebaniego, Vadininse, Olvidado, Besaya, 2019? la Lana
Birders are posting from several locations in Spain I checked on Cornell Universities, citizens science, daily e-bird reports https://ebird.org/explore.

If in Basque Country the state of the art, Urdaibai Center, https://www.birdcenter.org/en
a nice walk North of Gernika, posts daily bird sightings, webcams, and offers numerous resources.
 

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