It’s a worldwide phenomenon – whether bears investigating trash cans in the US, coyotes roaming New York, or boars exploring Barcelona – wildlife and human territories are increasingly overlapping.
Near Vallvidrera railway station, on the outskirts of Barcelona, a mother boar availed herself of the contents of a litter bin in broad daylight. While two of her rayones suckled, three others rummaged through the scattered rubbish, polishing off some olives left in a can.
The bins are designed to be easily emptied. Earlier that afternoon, a boar had expertly tilted it with its chin to dump the contents on the ground. They are a resourceful and adaptable species.
Birders living or travelling in Catalonia can report their sightings on Ornitho.cat
– a web page run by ICO, the Catalan Ornithological Institute. While all reports contribute to a very useful data bank, it’s also fun to find out what people are seeing and where. Access to precise data on the following species is restricted:
); Black-bellied Sandgrouse
); Black-winged Kite
): Bonelli’s Eagle
); Egyptian Vulture
); Golden Eagle
); Lesser Grey Shrike
); Peregrine Falcon
); Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
); Western Capercaillie
You can also decide to keep your own sightings hidden. There’s a choice of languages – Catalan, Spanish and English – and an option to add comments and photos.