Coming to You from Spain: An Unusual Bird

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This bird is a hoopoe, also known as the “butterfly bird” because of the way it flies.  It comes daily to feed in our backyard in Sanlucar.   The hoopoe eats insects and spiders, which our bird seems to be finding in the grass. This blurry photo was taken (discretely) from our patio.  You can hear the hoopoe’s call on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8kRiEM2BV0

And learn more about it here:

https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/nature/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-hoopoe

I’m delighted that the bird flies over from Africa.  It’s exciting to be so close to that continent which also sends us its warm, sandy winds from time to time.

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