The temperature is now well off the summer highs, but it is still like a hot English summer and it is a very good time to be in the field. Extremadura is so well known as a spring venue, and whilst no-one would deny the beauty of the place and the birds between March and May, this does mean that a lot of potentially good days are missed in the second half of the year.
The birds appearing during this month will nearly all move through. Birds which are going to over-winter do not tend to arrive until October. Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Redstart and Wheatear are some of the main passage birds. Black Stork gather in post-nuptial groups, often in the same places year on year, before moving south.
The rice harvest is followed by ploughing - or mashing might be better term. In place of tyres, the tractors have mini water-wheel contraptions to spread their weight and churn the muddy earth. Cattle and Little Egrets and Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls have a feast as hundreds of crayfish and frogs get thrown up.
Waders include Green and Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-winged Stilt and Little and Temminck's Stint.