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On our recent holiday in Spain, Marjorie and I were lucky enough to see three species of birds for the very first time.


The first was a Rüppell’s vulture which had probably wandered across from North Africa where it is reasonably common. The second species, was the very rare Marbled Teal, a graceful and neat little duck, which still breeds in Spain in very small numbers. The third one was the Bald Ibis, again very rare and had been extinct in Spain for many years. However, there has been a re-introduction programme running on a Ministry of Defence area in Andalucia for a few years, meeting with some success and numbers are rising year on year. They have rather particular requirements, as they only nest, usually colonially, on narrow ledges on cliffs, foraging for food such as lizards and large insects on dry, crumbly areas.


Though the Bald Ibis may be one of the rarer species we have seen, it does not come very high up in the list of the most attractive birds we have seen and if ever a bird could be said to be having a bad hair day this was it. However, it was still a pleasure to see them.


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meetings, other events and activities. We are not looking for ornithological experts, although they would be welcome. We require people who have an interest in wildlife and are willing to help with the running of the group. If you think you might be able to help, please contact our group leader Dave Smith.


There will be a Discovery Day at RSPB Campfield, near Bowness-on-Solway on Sunday 26th November from 10.30am until 4.00pm with refreshments, stalls and activities for children. Come along to discover more about this fantastic wetland and its wildlife.


The RSPB West Cumbria Group’s next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 5th December in United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth, when Mick Durham will give a presentation on Shetland Wildlife. All are welcome.


What a beauty! ~ BALD IBIS IN ANDALUCIA ~


More details from: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/westcumbria or Group Leader Dave Smith on 01900 85347 or Marjorie and Neil on 01900 825231.


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