Today we headed to the northern part of the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve where we spent the afternoon covering an area composed of rice fields and pastures, crossed by several reed-lined ditches. In the end we also took a quick look at a nearby mudflat/saltmarsh area.

A total of 59 species were recorded. Highlights included the observation of 2-3 Black-Winged Kites hovering around; a large flock of Glossy Ibis (1000+ indiv.; seen very close); a mixed flock of Yellow-crowned Bishops (100+ indiv.), Spanish Sparrows (20+ indiv.) and Common Waxbills; at least 6 Great Egrets; and an adult Mediterranean Gull (spotted in a group of Black-Headed Gulls).

Other interesting species observed were: Shelduck; Little Egret; Cattle Egret; Marsh Harrier; Black-winged Stilt; Zitting Cisticola; Water Pipit; Cetti’s Warbler (heard only); Crested Lark; Sardinian Warbler; Serin; among others.

Good observations!

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