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Male greater spotted woodpecker at a nest hole

Woodpeckers found in Portugal

Knock on wood? During springtime, it is common to hear woodpeckers not only “drumming” on trees but also man-made objects, but are they confused, or...
Male (right) and female (left) European bee-eaters

Our favourite birds return this spring

Last month, my article regarding the reliance the wildlife has on the river was perfectly timed. The day the article was published, it rained enough...

River reliance

I am lucky to live on the bank of the Ribeira de Odelouca, upstream from the Barragem de Odelouca which is a huge water...

A touch of pink

We often associate flamingos with warm tropical climates, so it may surprise you that, here in the Algarve, winter is the best time to...
Nuthatch

Tree clingers

There are two species of bird found here in Portugal and, although very different in appearance, they are similar in the remarkable way they...

Winter birds of prey

The hot summer months are now well behind us, the yearly migration of birds has finished, and the cooler days and colder nights are...

Autumn tree planters

Whilst a lot of attention in the autumn is aimed towards migrating birds, a common bird here in the Algarve is busy collecting its...

Migration mania

As we begin to transition from summer to autumn, nature lovers in the Algarve prepare for the big event of the year, the autumn...

Little aliens amongst us

The first time I spotted a mantis, commonly known as a praying mantis due to the stance they adopt, was on a toilet door...

The tropical ambience of the golden oriole

Every April, it’s always a pleasure to welcome a touch of almost tropical ambience surrounding my home in the Algarve hills as the Eurasian...

European bee-eaters

I first wrote an article in the Algarve Resident about European bee-eaters three years ago, but since then I have studied, watched and photographed...

Zitting cistiCola

It may sound like a new fizzy soft drink but the zitting cisticola is a very common bird found throughout all of Portugal. Before...

At the heart of the community

In recent years, there hasn’t been a time when community spirit and neighbourly kindness has been more important. Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis is one...

Critter spotting

First things first, they are back! Yes, the golden orioles have returned although, at time of writing, I have only seen one male golden...

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