THE south of Spain is seeing a flood of immigrants coming in from northern Europe… that is of the feathered kind.

Helen Wallbank, secretary of The Andalucian Bird Society, expects a flock of newly arriving winter birds over the coming weeks, and has warned bird-lovers to keep their eyes peeled.

One bird to look out for is the Black Redstart (pictured). The male is charcoal grey with a black face and a striking russet tale and white flashes on the wings. The female is a uniform grey-brown, but still has the telltale russet tail.

Chiffchaffs – rather smaller than Sparrows – have neat, pointy beaks and pale olive-brown bodies, with a stripe of creamy yellow above the eye. The wings show a few dark brown and green streaks.

Another seasonal arrival the Siskin, which has glorious yellow and black plumage. The male has a distinct black cap. Siskins breed in northern European pine forests, moving about gardens and golf courses, while restlessly picking at seeds.

Please see www.andaluciabirdsociety.org for more information and activities.

About Liam Kirkaldy (Reporter)

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