Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spain tour - Osprey return

First, here is a message from Frank Gallo, Director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point:

I wanted to let everyone know that I'm running a Spain tour 26 September to 10 October, with a great Spanish guide. This will be our third tour together. This year, we'll be in Gibraltar to experience the incredible fall migration of storks (Black, & White), raptors, and many landbirds. There's a good chance for Eleonora's Falcon which takes advantage of the abundant food supply provided by the passing migration. We then travel to the Spanish Steppes in search of the rare Dupont's Lark (we have a great site for them), both Bustards, Black Wheatear, and a few of the more rare Eagles. On the way, we'll stop at a marsh complex that gives us a good chance for rarities such as White-headed Duck. Our tour continues into the incredibly beautiful Pyrenees Mountains where we have reliable sites for Lammergeyer and many other species, including a chance at Wallcreeper (rare, but we've seen it twice). Our Tour concludes in the Ebro Delta, below Barcelona, one of Spain's best shorebird and waterfowl areas. Spain is Europe's premier birding country, and its rich culture and delightful food and wine just add to the experience (wine is included with dinner!) We only need a few more folks for this trip to run. Time is tight, so if you're interested, please contact the Connecticut Audubon Societies Eco-travel office at 1-800-966-8747 as soon as possible. Full details are on our webpage at I'd love to show you the sights and I hope you can come along. If you know anyone that might be interested, please pass this information along. See you soon.

Speaking of Milford Point, Ospreys have been moving in to the area already this spring, and here are some distant late-evening photos of one near our Osprey cam nest platform from Lou Spero.

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