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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...

Beauty blues

Back in May 2019, I briefly mentioned in my article that a pair of blue rock thrushes had appeared to have taken residence in...

Warblers in the garden

It is almost a year ago since I wrote an article of things to look for in your own garden due to Covid-19 restrictions...

More than one chiffchaff species?

Most winters I regularly get asked about the small green, yellow or olive-coloured bird found foraging through garden bushes. Without seeing a photograph, the...

Back Early?

Every year in late autumn, I hear comments regarding the White Storks returning to their nests, back from their African journey. It is...

Autumn amphibians

Autumn has certainly arrived here in the Algarve and, apart from a short cooler spell, we seem to have mild weather and rain, yes...

Robins, a sign of winter?

The European robin (scientific, Erithacus rubecula) is a bird we all associate with Christmas due to their usage on cards, decorations and gift wrappings....

The Not So Night Owl

The Algarve region has a good selection of owls, from the tiny Scops Owl to the huge Eagle Owl; the well-known “Tu-whit, tu-who” of...