Best of Lisbon May 2011

Black Wing Stilt: Seen from Parque do Tejo next to the Parque das Nacoes. This place is hard to find on public transport as it is set at the end of a long strip next to the sea passing a built up new area full of shops, bars and reasturants. Here the birds to note was Black Wing Stilt, Marsh Harrier, Siberian Warbler, Kentish Plover, Zitting Cisticola and Little Egret.

White Stork: This Stunning bird was found when I took a trip with Bird and Nature Tours witch where simply fantastic, taking me via car to private cork farms and land where I saw some stunning birds including Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Black Kites, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Great Spotted Cuckoo and European Cuckoo.

Siberian Wrbler: Seen in a tree along side a tributary of the Tagus Eastuey in the Paque do Tejo. There where a row of trees here on a feild next to the river where Black Wing Stilts and Little Terns where observed,

Black Redstart: Seen from the Castle of Sao Jorge. Seen feeding out of the bin around the stone walls overlooking the city.

Black Shouldered Kite: Theses where by far the most notable bird of prey which I saw on the trip with the Birds and Nature Tours. Seen all over in family groups and individually. A stunning bird.

Greater Flamingos: Caught a glpymse of Greater Flamingos as i passed over the Tagus River Bridge on the far end travelling away from Lisbon. This picture was taken on a private cork farm.

Great Spotted Cuckoo: This is a snap shot taken from my seat in teh car out of the window again in this private cork farm. This simpley shows how rich in birdlife theses farms are. Also on this farm was European Cuckoo calling.

Yellow Legged Gul: Seen from the shore of the Praça do Comércio. Here there was hundreds of swifts and swallows and gulls.


Unknown Lizard: Off the wall following the shore towards the Parque do Tejo. Looking beond the wall where tens of Kentish Plover, Little Heron and over the sea where gulls hanging around the Tajo Bridge. Just past the skate park there where Green Finch, Swallows, Black Birds, Starling and Linets.

Monk Parakeet: There was a huge roost at Lisbon Zoo. Outside the enterance. Also saw Ring Neeked Parakeets in the City centre. Came to the zoo to see if I could see the Night Herons which roost here after trying to ask a member of staff who only spoke portuguese I still was unable to find them although I am sure I saw three flying over. I followed but was unable to find a possitive I.D.

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Species of Birds Seen:
Common Name Latin Name
• Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
• Little Egret Egretta garzetta
• Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
• Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
• Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus  
• White Stork Ciconia ciconia
• Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
• Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
• Mallard Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos
• Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
• Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus  
• Black Kite Milvus migrans migran
• Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus gallicu
• Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus
• Common Buzzard Buteo bute
• Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
• Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus
• Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
• Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
• Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
• Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
• Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
• Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
• Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
• Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans atlantis
• Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
• Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
• Kentish Plover
• Little  Tern Sterna
• Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
• Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops Segovia
• Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
• Crested Lark Galerida cristata
• Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
• House Martin Delichon urbica
• Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
• White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba
• Yellow-wagtail Motacilla flava
• Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
• European Robin Erithacus rubecula
• Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
• Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata
• Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
• Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
• Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
• Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
• Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
• Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata S = common
• Blue Tit Parus caeruleus
• Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor meridionalisevery
• Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula
• Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone
• Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
• Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor
• House Sparrow Passer domesticus
• Black-headed Weaver [sp] Ploceus melanocephalus
• Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
• Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina
• Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
• Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra]
• Golden Oriole
• Purple Heron
• Grey Heron
•Great Spotted Cuckoo
Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides

                                                      Black Headed Weaver (above)