BIRDS YOU CAN FIND AROUND LA FRONDA

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White Wagtail

Motacilla alba, also called Wagtails is called lavandera blanca in Spanish. It is a small and elegant bird, 16 to 19 cm long, with its characteristic tail always in motion. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name. The reasons for this behaviour are poorly understood, so feel free to make your own personal suggestions about its explanation. Want to know more?

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Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros , Is called Colirrojo Tizón in Spanish. being coli = tail, rojo = red and tizón = black, the name is pretty similar to that in English, ain't it? According to Wikipedia black redstart "is socially monogamous, a male pairs with a female to rear young, guards her against other males, and mates with other females" which seems to be a pretty peculiar monogamy. Want to know more?

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Great Tit

Great tits (Parus major) are called Carbonero Común in Spanish . They are monogamous and their diet is based on insects, berries and seeds depending on the season. They are a pretty clever bird that has the ability to solve problems with insight learning, that is to solve a problem through insight rather than trial and error. Great tits, for example, learned to break the foil caps of milk bottles delivered at the doorstep of homes to obtain the cream at the top. They’re also capable of using tools, like a conifer needle in the bill to extract larvae from a hole in a tree. Want to know more?

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Chaffinch

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) or Pinzón in Spanish, prefers to live in wooded areas, although it is also found in gardens and farms. It makes nests in trees and decorates the exterior with moss and lichen (as a means of concealment). It lays an average of six eggs. Not a migratory bird, but seeks out warm places in winter. They generally feed on seeds, but unlike most finches, the young eat insects. Finches are essentially monogamous, with pairs often staying beyond one season. The breeding period varies depending on the distribution area of ​​the subspecies under consideration, since it depends on temperature: it generally takes place in late spring and extends from March to June. It puts the nest between the branches of the trees, mimicking it very well. She lays about five eggs that are incubated for two weeks. Want to know more?

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Common Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita. These small birds require about one-third of their weight in insects daily, and they feed almost continuously in the autumn to put on extra fat as fuel for the long migration flight. Common chiffchaffs are among the last songbirds to leave in late autumn and are one of the first to return to their breeding areas in the spring and their repetitive cheerful 'chiff-chaff' song is one of the first signs that spring has returned. Want to know more?

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Crested Tit

(Lophophanes cristatus) Herrerillo Capuchino. It is an easy tit to recognise, for besides its erectile crest, the tip of which is often recurved, its gorget and collar are distinctive. It is, like other tits, talkative, and birds keep up a constant zee, zee, zee birdsong

similar to that of the cool tit. It makes a nest in a hole in rotting stumps. This bird often feeds low down in trees, but although not shy, it is not always easily approached. It will join winter tit flocks with other species. Like other tits it is found in pairs and it feeds on insects (including caterpillars) and seeds. Want to know more?

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European Goldfinch

Carduelis in Spanish, Jilguero. European goldfinches are social birds especially in the winter when they group together to form flocks of up to 40 individuals and sometimes even more. These small colorful birds are diurnal and cover great distances every day in search of food hovering from plant to plant and are often seen to feed upside down. When the night comes, they roost in groups on tree branches or in thick bushes. Want to know more?

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Eurasian Nuthatch

In Spanish, trepador azul (Sitta europaea)

The Eurasian nuthatch eats mainly insects, particularly caterpillars and beetles, although in autumn and winter its diet is supplemented with nuts and seeds. The young are fed mainly on insects, with some seeds, food items mainly being found on tree trunks and large branches. The nuthatch can forage when descending trees head first, as well as when climbing. It readily visits bird tables, eating fatty man-made food items as well as seeds. It is an inveterate hoarder, storing food year-round. Its main natural predator is the Eurasian sparrowhawk. Want to know more?

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Sparrow

Gorrión in Spanish. Because of its numbers, ubiquity, and association with human settlements, the sparrow is culturally prominent. It is extensively, and usually unsuccessfully, persecuted as an agricultural pest. It has also often been kept as a pet, as well as being a food item and a symbol of lust, sexual potency, commonness, and vulgarity. Though it is widespread and abundant, its numbers have declined in some areas, for that reason it was elected bird of the year 2016 by SEO Birdlife. Want to know more?