Saturday, July 13, 2013


Yesterday I went with Joan Manubens, Bernat Ferrer and Guillem Carol to Puigpedrós massif, in Central Pyrenees, very close to France and Andorra borders. We should do more excursions like this one, it was really great.

We drove to Malniu Refuge, close to Meranges village. There, we parked the car and we start to walk. Soon, first mountain birds appear. Citril Finches (Carduelis citrinella) are very common in alpine fields near the refuge. Also, firsts Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe), Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra), Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) and Goldcrests (Regulus regulus). I met again with Alpine Marmots (Marmota marmota), that were common during all jaunt.

Leaving the forest, stones predominate around the landscape. There, Citril Finches are also common, and some other alpine species appear. Water Pipits (Anthus spinoletta), some Black Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros), more Northern Wheatears and Alpine Accentors (Prunella collaris).
We climb to the peak of Puigpedrós [2913 m], with fantastic views from southern Andorra and France, and northern areas of Catalonia.

This year will be remembered by the strange meteorological spring and for late snowfalls (usually in early May, but in early June this year). As you can see in the photos, snow is still present in some parts. All this spring alterations caused also alterations in birds biology, specially in alpine specibes. As an example, yesterday (12 July) I saw nestlings of Citril Finches and Dunnocks (Prunella modularis)...
Last week I stayed in La Garrotxa, revising some nestboxes with Josep Ramoneda. We found a nest with 3-days nestlings!!

I hope we can repeat excursions like that one. Friends, birds and great places: perfect.

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