Mothing the Straits Birding Extension – Remaining Balance


As with the mothing trip, this suggested itinerary offers an idea of our schedule, but we will of course take into account local weather conditions to make the very best use of every single day!


Watching the avian migration spectacle at the Strait of Gibraltar is one of Nature´s true “bucket list” experiences.  As well as being here for some of Europe´s best moth-ing, you will also find yourself at Europe´s biggest avian migration bottleneck as raptors such as Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Black Kites and Honey Buzzards journey north to breed.  Although you may have come here to look into moth traps and discover the area´s fascinating moths, it would be a shame not to also spend a little time looking up, as thousands of migrating raptors flow over our heads!  

In Spring the area´s wetlands, woodlands and farmlands teem with avian life, as migrants pass through and residents prepare to breed.  Northern Bald Ibis, Egyptian Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Isabelline, Melodious and Western Bonelli´s Warbler, White-headed Duck, European Bee-eater, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, Cory´s and Balearic Shearwater – the list goes on!

Local invertebrate attractions include beauties like the Monarch, Two-tailed Pasha, Common and Scarce Swallowtail butterflies and Red-veined Darter, Orange-winged Dropwing and Banded Groundling for the Odonata fans!  And let´s not forget our migratory Whales and resident Delphid species waiting to greet us in the ocean itself!  Now you´re here, why not spend a few days enjoying a taster of the excellent birding and wildlife the Straits have to offer?


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