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As readers of this Blog know we have regular trips to Barcelona, mainly because we have family there, and this visit was special as it was the first opportunity to see our new granddaughter Alba. In spanish/catalan Alba means dawn but also has special gaelic connotations. It was not the time to take long trips away from the family, but I did manage several visits to the Llogrebat reserve and also a day trip up the Costa Brava to Aguamolls, where unfortunately water levels were a bit low. Highlights of the trip included Alpine Swift, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Goshawk, Penduline Tit, Red-backed Shrike and a male Hen Harrier on migration west. I didnt find any lifers but with a trip list of over 80, a number of species were added to my Catalonia list which now stands at 208. Lots of migrants were pushing through and it was great to see Common Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler and even a Willow Warbler. The hides on spanish reserves are always great for photography and I was able to add a number of images which can be seen in the Overseas section of the Gallery.
The Highland Bird Report 2014, published by Highland Branch of the SOC has just been published. The majority of the records submitted to this website are forwarded for compilation into this report, which represents all the records which have been accepted as occurring in the Highland recording area. Skye and Lochalsh district is part of this region and the report contains a summary of the highlights for the district. There is also a summary of records from Lochaber which includes the Small Isles. Sean Morris from Rum has compiled this summary and we regularly carry records from the Small Isles and Morar. Please contact me if you need a copy as I have a few available at £9 or £11 including postage.