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Vandals destroy peregrine family

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Sad news. A group of vandals have disturbed one of the four "nests" of peregrine falcons in Barcelona. They climbed up one the chimney stacks in Poble Nou where the pair where raising three chicks, and in their panic the chicks flew before they were fully fledged. Two have been rescued but one was ...

Peregrines of the Sagrada Familia

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Eduard Durany, of the Barcelona Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction Project, a scheme close to my heart, has sent me this photo of chicks in Guadi's Sagrada Famila. Eduard notes that this year four chicks have hatched in the nestbox, a record for the site. In 2005, 2 chicks were hatched, in ...

Barcelona peregrines

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Eduard Durany of the Barcelona Peregrine Reintroduction Project has kindly sent me these photos of a pair of peregrines nesting in the Port of Barcelona. The photos were taken with an automatic webcam. More photos here on the forum More on peregrines

Reintroduction of peregrine falcons in Barcelona

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

21/01/2007 I've been given the enjoyable job of translating this excellent and complete webpage on the reintroduction of peregrine falcons in Barcelona. At the moment it's only in Catalan but Spanish and English versions will be available soon. Persecution drove the peregrine to extinction in the city in 1973, but ...

Falconry at Spanish airports

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Birds can crash into planes and cause serious damage. Planes at Barcelona's El Prat, for instance, receive some 22 collisions a year from birds. Airports throughout the world use a variety of methods to control their presence, but the most efficient has proven to be the use of trained falcons. ...

Kestrels in Barcelona

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

An enjoyable morning out under the under the cliffs of Montjuic this morning, "helping" to ring common kestrels. In the end only one adult female fell into our talons (common practice states I am not allowed to explain legal method in a public sphere just in case anyone gets any ...

Peñarrubia valley

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

I've added this lovely rural hotel in the Peñarrubia Valley in Cantabria to the rural tourism directory. Excellent birdwatching of Spanish raptors (griffon vultures, golden eagles, short-tailed eagles, buzzards, peregrines, booted eagle, eagle owl, and in spring and summer, Egyptian vultures. The owners are members of SEO birdlife Free routes in ...


Thursday, January 18th, 2007

29/03 Waterbirds delay their migration to Spain (El Mundo -30/03 And general trend is for birds to arrive earlier from Africa (El pais) 29/03 Bear traps found in Somiedo (El Mundo ) 25/03 Wolves in Andújar (Fapas) 18/03 Montfragüe declated National Park (El Mundo) 18/03 Lynx found dead died of infection (Terra) 07/03 ...