Regular readers of this blog will remember that towards the end of August 2011, I took part in a ringing road trip as part of the Portuguese Migration Atlas. The ringing portion of the atlas was coordinated by APAA (Portuguese Ringers Association) and was designed to add supplementary data on birds that may have been present but not easily observed - species caught such as Reed Warbler were unexpected so far from wetlands and species such as Subalpine Warbler were expected, but not in such high volume.
Our road trip took in three sites, Faia Brava, Atenor and Vale de Senhora de Povoa and we ringed in excess of 700 birds, far exceeding our expectations and providing valuable data on the importance of these sites in the interior of Portugal for migrating birds. Moxey followed up with the September sessions- his account on Faia Brava can be found here and Atenor here.
Faia Brava is an amazing reserve, home to breeding pairs of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli's Eagle amongst other things. I won't say too much other than to invite you to watch this short documentary about the reserve. You may recognise a few people in the opening five or six minutes.....amongst the moths and the birds!
FAIA BRAVA and the ATN's work for conservation from aidnature.org on Vimeo.
You can find out more about Faia Brava here and AidNature here.