Costa cruise 201 (Medium)

5/9/15

On a coach from Milan to Savona to meet our Cruise.

We passed through lots of agricultural land with irrigation channels and canals and I thought I would spot all sorts of birds, but I didn’t; only the odd pigeon.

Saw a few egrets near water and one bird of prey which was probably a buzzard, but I wasn’t close enough to tell.

No crows, no swallows, no swifts or bee-eaters which I fully expected to see at this time of the year.

Once on the cruise ship we left Savona at five in the afternoon.

A few seagulls followed us for a few miles, mostly juvenile birds still with their mottled brown plumage.

I expected to see cormorants but didn’t.

John, up to Cruise 160 (Medium)

6/9/15

We sailed overnight to Marseilles, where we got off and went into town.

Again just a few pigeons, no sparrows, and more noticeably, no swifts screaming over the Cathedral, which you can usually guarantee anywhere!

I also thought we might see a parakeet or two, but the nearest was two canaries in cages in the old artistic section of Marseilles, where we stopped for a lovely coffee.

Tomorrow we arrive in Barcelona so I hope to see more birdlife there.

At this time of the year birds are exhausted after their busy Spring and Summer breeding, but not this quiet!

John, up to Cruise 162 (Medium)

7/9/15

Barcelona. Again I didn’t see much at all.

I know it’s a city, but except for loads of pigeons being fed, nothing.

Again, no swifts anywhere near Gaudi’s Sagrada Familial. Maybe there are birds of prey on the high parts, but with all the building work still going on for years to come, I doubt it.

John, up to Cruise 165 (Medium)

8/9/15

We left Barcelona and sailed overnight to Palma, Majorca.

Near the Cathedral there are some swans on a small pond, but I don’t believe they could have landed there as it’s not big enough.

At the same time I saw one sparrow!

Walking around the narrow streets of Palma, shopping etc I did spot a parakeet in a palm tree.

As we left Palma quite a few gulls landed on a roof outside our balcony, so I took a lot of photos.

Spot the parakeet!

Spot the parakeet!

10/9/15

Our next stop was Naples where we sat in a square and had coffee.

Quite a lot of people hustling and bustling around, but no birds.

Leaning Tower, but no birds!

Leaning Tower, but no birds!

11/9/15

We docked at La Spezia.

On a two hour trip to Pisa, and afterwards a visit to the marble quarry at Carrara up in the mountains, I saw no birds at all.

Again at Pisa I expected to see swifts or swallows. And in the mountains, crows, birds of prey, or finches of some sort, but nothing!

Carrara marble, but no birds!

Carrara marble, but no birds!

Hmm, where are all my pals?

Hmm, where are all my pals?

12/9/15

We flew back to Gatwick and on the journey home; about 45 minutes, I saw rooks, crows, jackdaws, a kestrel, pigeons and blackbirds.

I saw more birds in those 45 minutes than the whole week around the Med!

Yes, I know that I wasn’t sitting in one place the whole time, but I do find it very strange that apart from the gulls in the ports, there was virtually no bird life at all!

It’s a bit worrying!

Horse outside Palma Cathedral, but no birds!

Horse outside Palma Cathedral, but no birds!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.