One of the many highlights of this holiday was an impromptu visit to my first bird ringing session. One Thursday morning we were enjoying a country walk, on a narrow dirt road near the Alvor - Estuary, when we encountered a lovely Quinta with various messages pinned to a notice board at the gate. One read, Birds Seen This Week, with an impressive list of birds I had never heard of, but the message that really caught my full attention was an invitation to see a bird ringing demonstration every Thursday, throughout the year, at (10.00 - 12.30). I looked at my watch, it was 10.30 am, and as there was another sign which indicated that dogs were not allowed, Americo said go darling, I'll look after Mel.
The adult female Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
It's a long-bodied, tapered, thrush-like bird, with a long bill, and dark brown above, and dusky buff below, with close dark bars.
The Serin Serinus serinus. We see plenty of these little birds on the farm. It's a greenish/yellowish, streaky finch.
If my memory serves me correctly, this is a juvenile Goldfinch.
I can't remember the name of this camera shy bird., but I'm leaning towards some kind of Warbler! I have since been reliably informed that it is indeed a Warbler called the Whitethroat.
The Waxbill Estrida astrid
It's only a small bird but very pretty, and I managed to photograph some in the wild during our stay.
Another Goldfinch picture.
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Another shot of image number 5, the Whitethroat. My thanks to Phil Slade for the ID.
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