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Norte

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Região Norte (North Region), is a region in the northern part of Portugal. It is a land of dense vegetation and profound historic and cultural wealth. Its capital is the city of Porto. The region has 4,034,271 inhabitants (2007), and its area is 21,278 km² (density of 173 inhabitants per square kilometre). It is one of five regions of Mainland Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). The Norte is a culturally varied region, thus historical rivalry between different neighbouring cities and towns are very common, although with a strong common Portuguese identity, but unlike other Portuguese regions where every city and town are culturally very similar.

Região Norte is a region in the northern part of Portugal. It is a land of dense vegetation and profound historic and cultural wealth. Its capital is the city of Porto. The region has 4,034,271 inhabitants (2007), and its area is 21,278 km² (density of 173 inhabitants per square kilometre). It is one of five regions of Mainland Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). The Norte is a culturally varied region, thus historical rivalry between different neighbouring cities and towns are very common, although with a strong common Portuguese identity, but unlike other Portuguese regions where every city and town are culturally very similar.

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2013 [10 October] - Steve Flynn - North Portugal & Bay of Biscay

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…I had the opportunity to visit Portugal which involved driving a van to the Algarve for an event run by my family’s business and as a reward I had an expenses paid opportunity to stay on for two or three days to do some birding, which I accepted without hesitation. I was away for seven days and include below the sightings from the non-birding days, because, well there is no such thing as a bird-free day if you’re a birder is there?…

2015 [06 June] - Chris Durdin

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...It was superb for birds: turtle dove, subalpine warbler, hoopoe, Bonelli’s warbler and golden oriole calling. An Egyptian vulture surprised Domingos: not because it’s unusual but as we’d seen this species before griffon vulture, as well as seeing Bonelli’s eagle before golden eagle.

2016 [05 May] - Rob Macklin

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Birds just kept on turning up as a woodlark sang in full view from overhead telephone wires and was joined in song by our first Thekla lark. Three golden orioles were singing and giving us brief views, a woodchat shrike sat atop a dead branch out in the open, a green woodpecker called, a quail sang ‘wet-my-lips’ from the herbage, a cuckoo flew over and our first Iberian grey shrike hunted for insects over the scrub.