Field by the Regional Park of the Southeast of Madrid

Field by the Regional Park of the Southeast of Madrid

Field by the Regional Park of the Southeast of Madrid

According to the Guide of birds of SEO: "Our country has a considerable breeding population of this medium rapacious, reddish color, forked tail and extraordinarily agile flight, while hosting an important wintering contingent of European birds .

In the valleys of the Jarama and Manzanares rivers is a bird abundant and easy to see, especially in the winter months. But let's not fool ourselves, as the Spanish Society of Ornithology, SEO / Birdlife, tells us: "Despite its apparent abundance, the population of real kites has experienced a sharp decline in recent years."

During wintering, this raptor forms dormideros in clumps or small fluvial settlements. This is the best area to see them on the banks of the Jarama and Manzanares.

The real milvus (Milvus milvius) is a bird of the Order Falconiformes; family Accipitridae. It has a length of 60-66 cms and a wingspan of between 154-170 cms.

During the winter, a very important contingent of individuals from other European countries joins the breeding population of our country, making Spain the main winter destination for the species. The first specimens begin arriving in September, although the maximum influx is recorded between the months of October and November, with a maximum population in January.

According to SEO, the European population is estimated at around 19,000-24,000 couples and the Spanish population at 1,900-2,700 couples, down 43% on data from thirty years ago. If we talk about wintering, the current estimate is around 30,000, a figure quite different from the 59,000 that were recorded in 1994.

In the regional park of southeast Madrid is a bird that we can only observe in winter. There are very few animals that visit us, although if you locate the usual sleeping places you can enjoy their flight over the valleys of the Jarama and Manzanares rivers. From the data I read, the population in the Park is estimated between 2-6 couples. Personally and based on my observations and without proper scientific study, I believe that most of the years the number of copies is superior. In Spain is a bird considered in danger of extinction and in the Community of Madrid as vulnerable.

The photos incorporated into this entry, taken by the author of the blog, were made outside the territory of the Park, on the banks of the Pisuerga in the Palentinian Mountain.

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