Lesser Kestrels in Tarifa – a walk tour within the #MigBird event

Lesser Kestrels in Tarifa

The ancient ramparts of Guzman el Bueno Castle in Tarifa, hold the southernmost colony of Lesser Kestrels in the continent. In addition, this is one of the few sites where this typically migrant species overwinters in Europe. Unfortunatelly, the Lesser Kestrel population has suffered a dramatic decline throughout its range. This is due to multiple factors. This way, make people aware about the presence and fascinating lifestyle of this charming raptor is a key factor towards its conservation.

Male Lesser Kestrel with a grasshopper in Tarifa. The increased use of pesticides is one of the factors affecting the species population. Photo by Yeray Seminario / Birding The Strait
Male Lesser Kestrel with a grasshopper in Tarifa. The increased use of pesticides is one of the factors affecting the species population.

Tarifa #MigBird

Next Saturday 20th, Birding The Strait will be offering a free excursion around the Castle. The breeding colony of Lesser Kestrel will be the central subject of the activity. However, we will certainly have the chance to observe many other species as well.

This activity is part of Birding The Strait corporate responsibility . Come join us!

Female Lesser Kestrel in Tarifa. Photo by Javi Elorriaga / Birding The Strait
Female Lesser Kestrel in Tarifa.

Aftermath

We want to thank the 17 participants for their friendliness and enthusiasm. The morning just flew by observing Lesser Kestrels around their nests. Moreover, we have seen numerous Black Kites in active migration from Africa. It has been very rewarding to discuss with this varied group of nature enthusiasts from Tarifa, other regions of Spain, Holland and Switzerland.

The most rewarding surprise has been to realize the remarkable knowledge for birds and nature by the youngest participants. No doubt, local initiatives such as MigBird are significantly contributing to increase the awareness for wildlife conservation in Tarifa. This is really encouraging! In Birding The Strait we will keep working in this direction as much as we can.

Finally, we want to thank Diego and Lucia, from the Tarifa Town Hall, for their support.

If you are interested in visiting this colony and learn more about the Lesser Kestrel and the other resident and migratory raptors, contact us!