Friday, 23 July 2010

Bye Bye Biscay

For many years the Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry has provided birders and cetacean watchers with a platform from which to connect with some great seabirds and amazing cetaceans in the Bay of Biscay. The service is being removed from September and this opportunity will cease to exist.
Thousands of birders have had their first experiences of Little Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Great & Cory's Shearwaters, Sabine's Gull, whilst being delighted by an impressive array of cetaceans including Fin Whale, Sperm Whale, Minke Whale, Risso's Dolphin, Cuvier's Beaked Whale etc.

A few of us from the North East are planning one last journey to celebrate the route. Combined with a day at the Birdfair and a day twitching as we head for Portsmouth. Four hours in Bilbao between ferries is a bonus that can add Griffon Vulture, Hoopoe, Booted Eagle, Zitting Cisticola, Serin, Red-backed Shrike to name but a few to the trip list.

We have one place in our car and cabin open to any erudite birders with a sense of humour and good personal hygiene. This can be from the North East or the Birdfair on Sunday. Price is c£90  £80 £70 plus split of petrol costs and entry cost to birdfair.

Rough Itinerary
Sunday 22nd August - travel to birdfair, full day at birdfair, travel on in evening to campsite or B&B.
Mon 23rd August - onward journey to Portsmouth via rare birds, dragonflies or butterflies depending on our fancy. Sail 21:15
Tues 24th - full day seawatching
Wed 25th - morning in Bilbao - afternoon seawatching
Thur 26th - full day seawatching - arrive back UK teatime and head north home (unless there is a mega on the way in which case it could be Friday!)


Please email me at birdneast@btinternet.com if you're interested

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