Monthly Archives : April, 2017

COURSE “INITIATION TO ORNITHOLOGY” IN BEJES

From 26th to 28th of May we are going to be in Bejes (Cantabria), giving a course of initiation to Ornithology. We will learn to use binoculars, terrestrial telescope and bird guides; in one word, we will learn to identify the most common birds in these valleys with the means we need to do it.

The classroom is gorgeous: Bejes, a small village in the Liébana region (Cantabria), surrounded by mountains. This valley, dug by the river Corvera, climbs from the eastern section of La Hermida gorge and is part of the eastern natural boundary of the Picos de Europa National Park.

Bejes (Cantabria)

The base camp is the Hostel La Aldea, a lovely place run by a lovely cuople. They provide the accomodation and meals from Friday evening untill Sunday afternoon. If you need more information about the hostel, visit Hostel La Aldea.

Friday evening is to get to know each other, distribute binoculars and talk about we are going to do next days.

On Saturday we are going to walk around different ecosystems like beech groves, oak groves and alpine grassland. Depending on the weather this day, we could eat at the hostel or, if we are lucky, we might have a pic nic and spend more time outside, in the field. Finally, at the end of the day we are watching a film relating to birds and their world.

Surroundings of Bejes (Cantabria), in Picos de Europa

On Sunday we are going down to the rivers Corvera and Deva, in the La Hermida gorge. Lunch will be at the hostel and, after a nice converstion summarizing what we have seen, we will bid each other farewell.

Along the course we are learning how to distinguish one species of chough from the other or the griffon vultures from the egyptian ones. We are also learning to identify some of the most common birds around us, what the feed on or if they migrate to warmer lands after summer.

Even though this is an initiation course, if you alredy know something about birds join us and enjoy the species from this area!

We lend you the binoculars as well as the bird guides and do not hesitate to bring your camera in case you have one. Tight foodwear, a hat, sun block and water are highly recommended.

Prices:

Course + full board: 125€

Course: 70€

For more information and reservations: (+34) 942 733 561 / (+34) 628 736 966

Places are limited.

We are waiting for you!

I FOUND AN ABANDONED BABY BIRD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

When Spring arrives, birds start their procreation process, mate and focus on a really hard task: breed successfully their offspring. Sometimes they repeat this process twice each year.

Once the eggs hatch, the chicks spend a few weeks in the nest growing up until, at last, they can fly away and leave home.

This phase of the breeding overlaps with an intense hicking activities in the filed, due to the good weather. We also go out more often because there are more light hours per day and we like to enjoy the blooming nature. Sometimes, while we walk, we may find a little baby bird on the ground. If we follow our basic instincts, first thoughts we have are: poor little guy, maybe fell from the nest, maybe is an orphan, I should help him….

The question is: will we face properly thi kind of situation? Following their good intentios, some poeple take the little birds home, to feed them and take care of them. But they are wrong, though.

We should let these chicks right where we found them. Most commonly they have fallen from the nest but this doesn’t mean they are necessarely abandoned. Although they are not into the nest anymore, their parents still feed them even when they are on the branches under the nest or even on the ground. Sometimes we also might find fledged youngsters: they are quite grown up ones who might have fallen from the nest during their learn-to-fly exercises.

But now and then what we discover is a precocial bird: they hatch with open eyes and a coat of down, which lend them a certain degree of independence. Obviously the parents are always around looking after them but sometimes we might think the chicks are lost or abandoned.

But finding a little bird with little or no down is a different story, since they are incapable of generating heat. In such cases parents could only feed them but no warm them. Even though we feel sorry, we should never take the little bird home, nor try to raise it. And don’t think about feeding it with bread and milk like you might have seen in some films, birds don’t drink milk!

Best thing to do is get in touch with a willife recovery center or the authority (in Spain, we have SEPRONA, for example; just dial 1 1 2); they know the best way to do the right thing and they will tell you what to do.

Find more information at the Spring Alive website.