Monday, May 31, 2010

Bird News of May

The best bird records of may in Burgos province.

- Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). Horna (C), water reservoir of river Ebro, 10-05-10 (Manuel Estébanez Ruiz). 18-05-10 Miranda de Ebro (José Eduardo Mateos). 28-05-10 Tordómar (Alfonso Rodrigo García).

- Black Stork (Ciconia nigra). 02-05-10 Ubierna (Javier Gómez Crespo). 06-05-10 Villaveta (Javier García Serna), 07-05-10 Barbadillo del Pez (Julio César Amo Fernández) 20-05-10 Mecerreyes (Santos La Roca Carazo).

- Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia). 08-05-10 Grijalba (José María Ayuela).

- Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus). 21-05-10 Humienta (Alfonso Rodrigo García).

- Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix). 02-05-10 Pico Trigaza (David González Ortega, José Pedro Portillo, Luis Miguel Ansola Aristondo, Justina Pérez Martín).

- Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola). 04-05-10 Villalba de Duero (Fernando Núñez).

- Red Knot (Calidris canutus). 04-05-10 Arauzo de Salce (Fernando Núñez).

- Sanderling (Calidris alba). 03-05-10 Grijalba (Justina Pérez Martín). 05-05-10 Grijalba (David González Ortega, Francisco Meléndez).

- Little Stint (Calidris minuta). 04-05-10 Arauzo de Salce (Fernando Núñez).

- Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola). 06-05-10 La Pedraja (Luis Miguel Ansola Aristondo, Mario Alonso Blanco).

- Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa). 04-05-10 Arauzo de Salce (Fernando Núñez).

- Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres). 08-05-10 Grijalba (José María Ayuela).

- Little Tern (Sterna albifrons). 12-05-10 Arauzo de Salce (Fernando Núñez).

- Black Tern (Chlidonias niger). 12-05-10 Arauzo de Salce (Fernando Núñez).

- Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus). 02-05-10 Lerma (Alfonso Rodrigo García).

- European Roller (Coracias garrulus). 25-05-10 Guadilla de Villamar (Jesús González Ubierna).

- Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava). ssp. thunbergi and ssp. cinererocapilla Grijalba 05-05-10 (David González Ortega, Francisco Meléndez).

- Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura). 07-05-10 Milagros (Mario Alonso Blanco).

More in the yearbook of Burgos

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shorebird Mapping

Shorebird Mapping, wonderful project and a very good initiative with clear and interesting objectives:
* Monitoring the range changes of shorebird breeding populations.
* Monitoring the trends of the shorebird populations.
* Updating our knowledge on key habitat types used for each shorebird population.
* Informing decision makers about negative trends so that they make take corrective action.
* Identifying key threats and risks for different populations to support the Development of pragmatic action plans.
Although the province of Burgos is not especially interesting for the breeding Shorebirds, certainly we can contribute something on the non breeding Shorebirds mapping project.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bird Census in VN 3040

The first days of spring,a new season of the census of breeding common birds, (European Bird Census ), in square VN3040, 45 species of birds, no new birds for this square.
Bad weather is being protagonist this spring, fall temperatures and rains, and this has noticed in the absence of birds that other years yes were present.
Common Swifts, House Martins and Swalows have not seen, only one Eurasian Crag-martin and two Alpine Swift.
Links: SACRE (Spain)
EBCC (Europe)
The list of species.
Eurasian Griffon, Common Buzzard, Common Wood-pigeon, Common Cuckoo, Alpine Swift, Common Kingfisher, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Southern Grey Shrike, Eurasian Jay, Red-billed Chough, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Crag-martin, Eurasian Skylark, Cetti's Warbler , Melodious Warbler, Blackcap, Bonelli's Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Winter Wren, Wood Nuthatch, Spotless Starling, Eurasian Blackbird , Song Thrush, European Robin , Black Redstart, Whinchat, Common Stonechat, House Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Hedge Accentor , Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Bullfinch, Eurasian Linnet, Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Capercaillies disappear in Asturias.

The census of the Principality disclose that in center-orients the population has decrease a 90% in ten years and they are only 3 males - the guards will carry out another count, to collate the ominous numbers and to clarify if other two Capercailles exist.
The populations of the west are possible that they are better.
The census in the west will be next year, and the experts hope that there are at least 50 males

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bad news for the Swallows

Thousand of Swallows and Martins are dying of hunger in the North of Spain by the low temperatures that have ended their food.

Barn Swallows, Common Martins, and Crag Martins are dying of hunger by thousand during these last weeks in the North of the Iberian Peninsula, because there are no insects.

More Here (spanish)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lagoons of the Northeast of Burgos

Three lagoons in the northeast of the Burgos province, in two of them, at the moment, are carrying out works of restoration, but not thus in third.

This not always has been thus, for many years ago the intention of the nearby farmers has been to dry them.

Luckyly this was not obtained and now these two lagoons enjoy relative a good state, with water and birds.

This week, the presence of birds in migration, common flocks of Swallows and Waders.

Also birds just arrivals of Africa, Great Reed Warbler, Reed Warbler, emitting its singing incessantly.

A splendid Purple Heron camouflages among rushes.

Black Kite and Marsh Harrier, the raptors of the day.

Great Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Purple Heron

Barn Swallows

Crested Lark

Black Kite

List of birds of the trip by the surroundings of the lagoons:

Barn Swallow

Common Swift

Grey Heron

Purple Heron

Golden Oriole (the first of this season)


Northern Shoveler

Green Sandpiper

Great Ringed Plover

White Stork

Corn Bunting

Crested Lark

Cetti's Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler


Little Grebe


Carrion Crow

Yellow Wagtail

Common Coot

Spotless Starling



Blue Tit

Great Tit

Collared Dove

Pied Flycatcher

Rufous Nightingale

Melodius Warbler


Saturday, May 08, 2010

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day 2010 focuses on globally threatened migratory birds
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) are pleased to announce the countdown for World Migratory Bird Day 2010. This two-day awareness raising campaign will take place globally for the fifth consecutive year from 8-9 May 2010.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) aims to inspire people to take action for the conservation of migratory birds and encourages people around the world to organize events and programmes, which help draw attention to migratory birds around a central theme each year.

This year’s theme is “Save migratory birds in crisis – every species counts!” It is closely linked to the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) declared by the United Nations for 2010. It aims to raise awareness on globally threatened migratory birds, with a particular focus on those on the very edge of extinction – the Critically Endangered migratory birds.

A staggering 1,227, or 12,4% of the total 9,865 extant bird species in the world are currently classified as globally threatened and 192 of these are considered Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of threatened species, i.e. they face an extremely high risk of becoming extinct.An estimated 19% of all known birds and about 30 of the 192 Critically Endangered bird species are considered to be migratory and undertake regular cyclical movements between their breeding and non-breeding areas.

Migratory birds as indicators
By focusing on “migratory birds in crisis” during the International Year of Biodiversity, World Migratory Bird Day 2010 is also highlighting the role played by birds as indicators, enabling us to clearly see and highlight the negative effects our current way of life is having on the planet and it’s biodiversity.

As one of the best researched taxa, birds serve as vital indicators for the state of biodiversity and the biological health of the ecosystems they inhabit. If a bird species becomes threatened with extinction it is often a clear sign that the conditions of the required habitats have changed and that other species that depend on them may also be affected.

WMBD 2010 during the International Year of Biodiversity
The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations for the year 2010, is an appreciation of the value of biodiversity and the vital role it plays in all our lives. However, it is not only a celebration, but also an invitation to take action to safeguard the variety of life on earth. Humankind relies on this diversity, because it provides us with food, fuel, medicine and other essentials which we need to survive. Yet species are disappearing at an unprecedented rate because of human activities, amongst other threats, and these losses are irreversible.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2010 is an opportunity to take action and to draw international attention to those migratory birds which are threatened by extinction and to highlight them as flagship species during the International Year of Biodiversity.

Further Information: World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and for promoting their conservation worldwide. It is being organised by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – two international wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other partners.

People and dedicated organisations around the world will be using the event to draw attention to migratory birds that are threatened by extinction. Activities to mark WMBD include bird festivals and bird watching trips, public discussions, exhibitions, presentations, bird rallies and other educational and public events.

Event organizers are encouraged to register their events on the WMBD website and can order the WMBD 2010 poster and other information materials to support their events by writing to:

For more information please see:

Monday, May 03, 2010


The situation in Burgos is generally, unfavorable.
It is necessary to remember that an important part of the Burgos province is agricultural zones and these zones are those that have greatest losses of biodiversity
On the contrary, the abandonment of agriculture and livestock farming, mainly in the north, is favoring an increase of the forest, helping to that the forest birds also see themselves favored, especially Woodpeckers.
A clear example is the advance of the Iberian populations of Black Woodpecker.

But the worse thing than we see in the report, on Burgos, is the present state of the Important Bird Areas, being all of them with an unfavorable trend.
This quire not to say that the present state is bad, if not that is worse with respect to the last revision.

Of the 104 Important Bird Areas which were reviewed in 2008, in 42% of cases it has been discovered that their conservation status is already unfavourable and a further 32% are in decline, whilst only 8% are considered to be in favourable condition

Conservation status


Almost favourable

Unfavourable trend


Not evaluated in 2008