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Recent Sightings

Highlights from the last Birds & Nature activities include:

  • A Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Bate-orelhas, Tagus estuary, on 5th, 6th and 7th November 2017
  • An adult moulting to winter plumage Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 3rd August
  • 13 immature Ferruginous Ducks Aythya nyroca, at Tavira salt pans, on 2nd August
  • An adult summer plumaged White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 13th July
  • 11 male Great Bustards Otis tarda, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 10th July (9 on 28th June and 2 on 25th May)
  • 2 male Red-footed Falcons Falco vespertinus, near Benviúda, Mértola, on 16th May
  • At least 80 Red-crested Pochards Netta rufina, at Saragoça, Tagus estuary, on 27th March
  • 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (presumably escaped), at Saragoça, on 14th - 27th March
  • A first-winter or adult female Goldeneye Buchephala clangula, at Atalaya salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 2nd March  
  • A Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 18th - 20th February
  • A Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata, at Atalaya, Tagus estuary, on 12th January 2015
  • 10 Great Northern Divers Gavia immer, at Cavalo island and Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 31st December (9 on 14th January, 9 on 21st December and 3 on 19th December)
  • 3 Black Storks Ciconia nigra, at Monte Novo de Palma rice fields, Sado estuary, on 28th December and 15th February 2015
  • A probable adult Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Hortas, Tagus estuary, on 27th December
  • A first-winter probable female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 23rd December - 1st January 2015
  • A first-winter probable female Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 23rd December - 1st January 2015
  • 4 first-winter Brent Geese Branta bernicla bernicla, at Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 19th December
  • An adult Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata, at Ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 2nd November
  • 3 adult winter plumaged Dotterels Charadrius morinellus, near Entradas, Castro Verde, on 15th October
  • A juvenile Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus, at Cabranosa, Sagres, on 3rd October
  • 5 Ferruginous Ducks Aythya nyroca (3 males and 2 females), near Mértola, on 1st October (3 males and 1 female on 23rd September and 1 male and 1 female on 15th October)
  • An adult winter plumaged Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Hortas, Tagus estuary, on 29th September and 14th October
  • 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers Tryngites subruficollis, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 20th September
  • A Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, at Hortas, Tagus estuary, on 19th September
  • 2 White-winged Terns Chlidonias leucopterus, (at least one juvenile), at Atalaya salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 19th September 
  • A juvenile White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus, at Salgados lagoon, on 17th September
  • 4 adult Temminck's Stints Calidris temminckii, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 3rd and 14th September (2, probably 3, on 31st August)
  • 6 male Great Bustards Otis tarda, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 31st August
  • A first-summer Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 29th August
  • A second-summer/adult moulting to winter plumage Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 26th July
  • 2 adult Red-knobbed Coots Fulica cristata, at Saragoça, Tagus estuary, on 20th July (1 on 19th September)
  • An adult Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus, at Samouco salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 5th May
  • A Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Hortas, Tagus estuary, on 4th April
  • 2 Red-knobbed Coots Fulica cristata, at Atalaya salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 28th March and 8th April
  • A drake Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 15th February 
  • 6 Great Northern Divers Gavia immer, at Cavalo island and Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 2nd February (4 on 14th and 3 on 30th December)
  • An adult probable female Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus, at Cova do Vapor, Tagus estuary, on 2nd February 
  • An adult Herring Gull Larus argentatus argenteus, at Trafaria, Tagus estuary, on 1st and 2nd February
  • A fourth-winter Herring Gull Larus argentatus argenteus, at Paço de Arcos, Tagus estuary, on 26th January 2014
  • Regular sightings of Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti, at Castro Verde and Mértola, during 2013
  • Regular sightings of Bonelli's Eagles Hieraaetus fasciatus, at Hortas, Pancas, Vaza-sacos salt pans and Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, during 2013
  • A Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola, at Bate-orelhas, Tagus estuary, on 29th December
  • An adult Bittern Botaurus stellaris, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 28th December - 10th January 2014 
  • A probable adult Great Northern Diver Gavia immer, at Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 7th December
  • 2 adult Gull-billed Terns Gelochelidon nilotica, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 20th November
  • A first-winter Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius, at Samouco salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 13th - 18th October
  • 4 adult Temminck's Stints Calidris temminckii, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 6th October
  • A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos, at Bate-orelhas, Tagus estuary, on 27th and 28th September
  • An adult moulting to winter plumage Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Castro Marim salt pans, on 2nd August
  • 9 male Great Bustards Otis tarda, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 19th July (5 on 17th and 8 on 25th)
  • A Little Swift Apus affinis (in the area at least 4 White-rumped Swifts, Apus caffer), at Mina de São Domingos, on 14th June
  • A Great Northern Diver Gavia immer, at Peniche port, on 31st March
  • A Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata, at Peniche port, on 31st March
  • An adult moulting to summer plumage Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Pancas, Tagus estuary, on 10th March
  • A Bittern Botaurus stellaris, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 9th March
  • 14 Great Northern Divers Gavia immer, at Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 18th February (8, probably 9, on 6th January)
  • 2 adult winter plumaged Red-throated Divers Gavia stellata, at Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 18th February (2 adults winter plumaged and 1 first-year on 6th January)
  • A Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, at Pinheiro Torto salt pans, Sado estuary, on 12th February
  • 540 Spoonbills Platalea leucorodia, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 13th January
  • An adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 1st January 2013 
  • Regular sightings of Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti, at Castro Verde and Mértola, during 2012
  • Regular sightings of Bonelli's Eagles Hieraaetus fasciatus, at Hortas, Pancas, Vaza-sacos salt pans and Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, during 2012
  • A probable third-winter Herring Gull Larus argentatus argenteus, at Paço de Arcos, Tagus estuary, on 30th December 
  • 6 Caspian Terns Sterna caspia, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 28th December 
  • A probable first-winter Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius, at Bate-orelhas, Tagus estuary, on 27th December 
  • A Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata, at Ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 5th December - 9th April 2013
  • 51 Great White Egrets Egretta alba, at Atalaya, Tagus estuary, on 2nd December
  • A Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 4th November
  • A Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 4th November
  • A juvenile American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 3rd and 4th November
  • A Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Ponta da Erva and Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 3rd November - 9th April 2013
  • An adult Limnodromus sp. (probably scolopaceus), at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 29th September
  • An adult Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 6th and 9th August
  • An adult female Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus, at Tavira salt pans, on 3rd August
  • An adult Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 1st August
  • An adult winter plumaged Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 1st and 4th August
  • An adult Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 24th - 27th July 
  • A Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Pancas salt marshes, Tagus estuary, on 7th July
  • Breeding confirmation of Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus, at Escaroupim, Tagus river, on 7th June
  • Breeding confirmation of Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 6th June
  • An adult male Little Crake Porzana parva, at Quinta do Lago, Formosa lagoon, on 19th May
  • An adult summer plumaged female Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 1st May
  • A Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 28th April
  • An adult Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus, at Trancão river mouth, Tagus estuary, on 20th April
  • An immature Ruppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii, at Barrancos, on 13th April 
  • 3 Temminck's Stints Calidris temminckii, at Alverca salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 4th April
  • 2 Spotted Crakes Porzana porzana, at Alverca salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 4th April
  • A Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 27th March
  • A Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus, at Cavalo island, Sado estuary, on 24th March
  • At least 10 Great Northern Divers Gavia immer, at Cavalo island and Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 24th March
  • A Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata, at Mitrena, Sado estuary, on 24th March
  • At least 21 Caspian Terns Sterna caspia, at Faralhão, Sado estuary, on 19th February 
  • 5 (probably 6) Red-knobbed Coots Fulica cristata, at Ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 18th and 21st February (1 on 11th and 17th)
  • A Caspian Tern Sterna caspia, at Atalaia and ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 11th February - 25th March
  • 4 (probably 5) Red-throated Divers Gavia stellata (at least 3 adults winter plumaged), at Carrasqueira, Sado estuary, on 29th January (2 on 22nd and 1 on 17th and 20th) 
  • 3 Great Northern Divers Gavia immer, at Carrasqueira, Sado estuary, on 22nd and 29th January 
  • 8 Brent Geese Branta bernicla, at Carrasqueira, Sado estuary, on 29th January (7 on 17th and 20th) 
  • A probable third-winter Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides, at Peniche, on 23rd January 
  • A first-winter Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus, at Zambujal, Sado estuary, on 5th January - 20th February 2012 
  • Regular sightings of Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti, at Castro Verde and Mértola, during 2011
  • Regular sightings of Bonelli's Eagles Hieraaetus fasciatus, at Hortas, Pancas, Vaza-sacos salt pans and Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, during 2011
  • A Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata, at Atalaia salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 28th December - 10th January 2012
  • An adult Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 14th December 
  • A Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis, at Quinta do Lago, Formosa lagoon, on 7th December - 12th April 2012
  • A Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 25th November 
  • A Bittern Botaurus stellaris, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 21st, 25th and 28th November and 30th December
  • A male Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris, at Salgados lagoon, on 25th September 
  • A male Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea, at Salgados lagoon, on 25th September 
  • 2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers Calidris melanotos, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 16th and 17th September
  • The records relative to the following 15 species of birds and 5 species of cetaceans were registered during the trip to the Azores - Birds & Whales (9th - 15th September):
  • Pochard Aythya ferina
    - 1 male at lagoa Azul, São Miguel, on 15th September
  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
    - 1 adult at Angra do Heroismo harbour, Terceira, on 9th September
    - 1 adult at lagoa Azul, São Miguel, on 15th September
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
    - at least 3 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th and 10th September
    - 1 ind. at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 14th and 15th September
  • Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
    - 1 ind. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th and 10th September
    - 1 juvenile at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 14th September
  • Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus
    - 3 inds., including 1 juvenile, at sea, São Miguel, on 14th September
  • Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
    - at least 100 inds. at sea, São Miguel, on 14th September
  • Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
    - 1 ind. at lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, on 13th September
  • Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus
    - at least 4 inds., including 1 adult and 1 juvenile, at sea, Pico, on 11th September
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
    - 1 adult at Lajes, Pico, on 11th September
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
    - 2 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th September
    - 1 ind. at Lajes, Pico, on 11th September
  • Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
    - 2 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th and 10th September
  • White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
    - at least 1 ind. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th and 10th September
  • Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
    - 4 inds., including at least 3 juveniles, at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th and 10th September
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
    - 2 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 10th September (1 ind. on 9th)
  • Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
    - 1 juvenile at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 9th and 10th September
  • Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis 
    - at sea, São Miguel, on 14th September
  • Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis
    - at sea, Terceira, on 9th September
    - at sea, Pico, on 12th September
    - at sea, São Miguel, on 14th September
  • Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops truncatus
    - at sea, Pico, on 12th September
    - at sea, São Miguel, on 14th September
  • Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus
    - at sea, Pico, on 12th September
  • Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus
    - at sea, Pico, on 11th September
  • A probable adult Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Atalaia salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 4th September
  • Regular sightings of White-rumped Swifts Apus caffer, at Mértola, during the months of May, June, July and August
  • An adult Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus, at Trancão river mouth, Tagus estuary, on 23rd and 26th August 
  • An adult summer plumaged Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan, at Gâmbia, Sado estuary, on 16th and 17th July 
  • An adult Ruppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii, at Portas de Ródão, on 16th and 25th June
  • An adult dark morph Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae, at Escaroupim, Tagus river, on 13th June 
  • 4 Greylag Gooses Anser anser, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 4th June  
  • Breeding confirmation of Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides, at Escaroupim, Tagus river, on 22nd May 
  • Breeding confirmation of Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 20th May 
  • An adult winter plumaged probably male Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor, at Murraceira island salt pans, Figueira da Foz, on 25th March 
  • A drake and a female Blue-winged Teals Anas discors, at Atalaia salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 9th, 16th and 27th March 
  • A drake Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis, at Salgados lagoon, on 27th February 
  • At least 1600 Glossy Ibises Plegadis falcinellus, at Zambujal, Sado estuary, on 19th February 
  • An adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 12th February 
  • A Bittern Botaurus stellaris, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 11th, 12th, 13th and 20th February 
  • An adult Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 6th and 12th February 
  • An adult Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 30th January 
  • An adult White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 30th January - 12th February 
  • An adult Great Northern Diver Gavia immer, at Sado estuary, on 22nd January 
  • 7 Squacco Herons Ardeola ralloides, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 21st January 
  • A first-winter Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 5th and 9th January 
  • 2 Great Northern Divers Gavia immer, at Cavalo island, Sado estuary, on 2nd January 
  • Regular sightings of Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti, at Castro Verde and Mértola, during 2010
  • Regular sightings of Bonelli's Eagles Hieraaetus fasciatus, at Hortas, Pancas and Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, during 2010 
  • A first-year male Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis, at Ponta da Erva and Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 31st December - 15th April 2011
  • A first-winter Black Stork Ciconia nigra, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 20th December 
  • A probable first-winter Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 4th December - 12th February 2011
  • 2 Long-billed Dowitchers Limnodromus scolopaceus, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 15th and 18th October
  • A Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus, at Ludo, Faro, on 9th October 
  • An adult Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii, at Albufeira lagoon, on 5th October 
  • An adult moulting to winter plumage Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 2nd October
  • At least 125 Slender-billed Gulls Larus genei, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 22nd September 
  • The records relative to the following 14 species of birds and 6 species of cetaceans were registered during the trip to the Azores - Birds & Whales (3rd - 9th September):
  • Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
    - 1 ind. at lagoa Verde, São Miguel, on 9th September
    - 1 ind. at caldeira do Alferes, São Miguel, on 9th September
  • Ruff Philomachus pugnax
    - 1 ind. at caldeira do Alferes, São Miguel, on 9th September
  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
    - 2 inds., including 1 adult, at lagoa Azul, São Miguel, on 9th September
  • Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
    - 1 adult at lagoa Azul, São Miguel, on 9th September
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
    - 1 ind. at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 8th and 9th September
  • Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
    - 1 ind. at Paul da Praia, Terceira, on 4th September
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
    - at least 2 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd September
    - at least 5 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 4th September
    - 2 inds. at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 8th and 9th September
    - at least 2 inds. at Mosteiros, São Miguel, on 9th September
  • White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
    - at least 2 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd September
    - at least 8 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 4th September
    - 1 ind. at lagoa do Ginjal, Terceira, on 4th September
    - 2 inds. at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 8th and 9th September
    - 1 ind. at Mosteiros, São Miguel, on 9th September
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
    - 1 ind. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd and 4th September
    - 1 ind. at lagoa do Ginjal, Terceira, on 4th September
    - 1 ind. at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 8th and 9th September
  • Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
    - at least 4 inds. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd and 4th September
    - at least 4 inds. at Paul da Praia, Terceira, on 4th September
    - 2 inds. at Fajã de Cima, São Miguel, on 8th September
  • Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
    - 1 ind. at Achada das Furnas, São Miguel, on 7th September
  • White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
    - 1 ind. at Cabo da Praia and Paul da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd and 4th September
  • Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
    - 1 ind. at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd September
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
    - 1 ind. (prob. adult) at Cabo da Praia, Terceira, on 3rd September
  • Pilot Whale Globicephala macrorhynchus / Globicephala melas
    - at sea, São Miguel, on 8th September
  • Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
    - at sea, São Miguel, on 8th September
  • Beaked Whale Mesoplodon sp. (probably Mesoplodon bidens)
    - at sea, Pico, on 5th September
    - at sea, São Miguel, on 8th September
  • Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus
    - at sea, Pico, on 6th September
  • Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis
    - at sea, Pico, on 5th and 6th September
  • Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus
    - at sea, Pico, on 5th and 6th September
  • Regular sightings of White-rumped Swifts Apus caffer, at Mértola, during the months of May, June, July and August
  • 2 Ferruginous Ducks Aythya nyroca, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 9th and 11th August (1 on 16th) 
  • At least 400 Audouin’s Gulls Larus audouinii, at Santa Luzia salt pans, Tavira, on 7th August 
  • At least 800 Audouin’s Gulls Larus audouinii, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 6th August 
  • At least 65 Slender-billed Gulls Larus genei, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 6th August
  • An adult Ruppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii, at Portas de Ródão, on 19th June 
  • Breeding confirmation of Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 31st May  
  • A Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Salgados lagoon, on 18th May 
  • A Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 2nd May 
  • An adult Ruppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii, at Portas de Ródão, on 30th April 
  • An adult Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata, at ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 20th - 24th April 
  • 2 Long-billed Dowitchers Limnodromus scolopaceus, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 27th, 28th and 31st March (1 on 1st April)
  • At least 20 Great White Egrets Egretta alba, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 23rd March
  • 5 Squacco Herons Ardeola ralloides, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 22nd March
  • An adult winter plumaged Black-throated Diver, Gavia arctica, at Comporta beach, on 1st March  
  • A Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, near ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 24th January 
  • An adult winter plumaged Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica, at Albufeira lagoon, on 22nd and 24th January 
  • A probable second-winter Great Northern Diver Gavia immer, at Albufeira lagoon, on 22nd January 
  • A first-winter Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius, near Benviúda, Mértola, on 11th January 2010
  • Regular sightings of Spanish Imperial Eagles Aquila adalberti, at Castro Verde and Mértola, during 2009
  • Regular sightings of Bonelli's Eagles Hieraaetus fasciatus, at Hortas, Pancas and Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, during 2009
  • A Purple Heron Ardea purpurea, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 27th December 
  • A Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 22nd October
  • At least 24 Slender-billed Gulls Larus genei, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 15th October
  • 2 Temminck's Stints Calidris temminckii, near Bate-orelhas, Tagus estuary, on 2nd October
  • An adult Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 20th September 
  • A Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 14th September
  • Regular sightings of White-rumped Swifts Apus caffer, at Mértola, during the months of May, June, July and August 
  • 3 Marbled Teals Marmaronetta angustirostris, at Atalaia salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 28th August 
  • An adult Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis, at Samouco salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 9th August 
  • At least 11 males Great Bustards Otis tarda, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 19th July (7 on 30th)
  • 2 Lesser Flamingos Phoenicopterus minor, near ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 16th June 
  • An adult male Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea, at Ponta da Erva and Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 2nd, 4th and 10th June 
  • A Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata, at Quinta do Lago, Formosa lagoon, on 21st May  
  • Breeding confirmation of Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 16th May 
  • 2 Marbled Teals Marmaronetta angustirostris, at Atalaia salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 8th and 18th May 
  • 31 Red-crested Pochards Netta rufina, at Saragoça, Tagus estuary, on 5th May 
  • 3 Squacco Herons Ardeola ralloides, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 22nd April 
  • A Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris, at Alverca salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 17th April 
  • At least 550 Glossy Ibises Plegadis falcinellus, at Zambujal, Sado estuary, on 24th February 
  • 8 Caspian Terns Sterna caspia, at Zambujal, Sado estuary, on 24th February 
  • At least 95 Little Gulls Larus minutus, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 21st February
  • A Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius, at Barroca d'Alva, Tagus estuary, on 14th February 
  • An adult Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor, at Ponta da Erva, Tagus estuary, on 3rd January 2009
  • A first-winter Brent Goose Branta bernicla bernicla, at Óbidos lagoon, on 26th December
  • Excellent views (about 5 minutes at a distance of 50 metres) of an Otter Lutra lutra, at Enguias river, Tagus estuary, on 19th November 
  • 4 Black Storks Ciconia nigra, at Ponta da Erva rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 24th October
  • 3 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers Calidris melanotos, at Barroca d’Alva, Tagus estuary, on 28th September (1 on 23rd and 2 on 24th)
  • An adult moulting to winter plumage American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica, at Barroca d’Alva, Tagus estuary, on 20th - 24th September
  • An adult Caspian Tern Sterna caspia, at Vaza-sacos salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 31st August
  • An adult Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis, at Trinta-e-oito Moios, Tagus estuary, on 22nd and 25th August and 10th September
  • A Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes, at Cerro do Bufo salt pans, Castro Marim, on 13th August
  • At least 34 Slender-billed Gulls Larus genei, at Tavira salt pans, on 2nd August
  • At least 515 Audouin’s Gulls Larus audouinii, at Castro Marim, Tavira and Santa Luzia salt pans, on 30th July
  • Breeding confirmation of White-rumped Swift Apus caffer, at Mértola, on 22nd July
  • A Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus, at Barroca d'Alva rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 16th July
  • At least 390 Gull-billed Terns Gelochelidon nilotica, at Giganta rice fields, Tagus estuary, on 5th July
  • An adult summer plumaged White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus, at ribeira das Enguias salt pans, Tagus estuary, on 21st June 2008

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