BACKGROUND: Hoshingo Mdogo area? no ... steppes of the Ebro Valley

 You are visiting Javier Blasco Zumeta’s site. I am old enough to have had the time to do a few things, and I would like to share two with you.


    That an image is worth a thousand words is an old and well-known maxim which is true or not depending on how well the images are done. One example is this page, where the photographs attempt to illustrate more than the sometimes tedious written descriptions that reveal the sex and age of birds.

  Being a bird ringer, I can catch birds and photograph them before releasing them, and it is bird ringers that this site is intended for in the first place. However, I have avoided technical terms as far as possible, so that the information can reach a wider public, and there is the glossary for specific terms that have proved unavoidable. 

  It is a new born project and, as you can see, still under construction: I shall gradually add further species and complete the unfinished sections as I get the necessary photographs. You can learn about recent changes clicking here. In any case, I shall welcome any comments, correction of mistakes and suggestions that might improve the site.  

During my email-correspondences I met Gerd-Michael Heinze some years ago, an enthusiastic ornithologist, feather expert and “adult male” from northern Germany. Since our first contact in 2006 we’re working together in sexing, ageing and determining the bird’s plumages nearly each day via “hotline”. In consequence of this intensive partnership Gerd is the Co-author of the Atlas. Also he is old enough to have had the time to do few things

  Such a large scale project as this cannot be done singlehandedly. As a matter of fact, I am lucky enough to have a lot of friends who are helping me and to whom I am very grateful, emphasizing the Centre de Recuperació de Fauna de Vallcalent (Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Medi Ambient i Habitatge, Lleida) for offering me the possibility to access to protected species which bird ringers cannot trap. Much as I woul like to, I do not know everything, so I am also using some bibliography.

  The amount of information carried by this site is so large that my server broke down some time ago. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to OBRA SOCIAL Y CULTURAL DE IBERCAJA for their generous assistance and the computing experts and equipment that they have placed at my disposal.



  For more than ten years I spent the whole of my free time studying the juniper forest of the Retuerta de Pina area (in Pina de Ebro’s municipality) and, by extension, learning about the steppes of the Ebro depression. If you are going to visit the site that includes some of the results of that study, you should know that it is there thanks to Juanjo de Haro’s good work and that it has not been updated for some time.


  The joy I get from learning is enough of a reward for me, and therefore I do not mind if any part of this site is reproduced, stored in an electronic format or transmitted in any way or by any means, be it electronic or mechanical, be it by photocopying or by any other method, either invented or yet to be invented. What is more: in order for this great effort to be as useful as possible to as many people as possible, I do not merely accept, but also recommend, that such actions be taken, and I just do not care if the author is acknowledged or not.

If you should wish to write to me, you know ... Javier Blasco Zumeta; C/ Hispanidad, 8; 50750-Pina de Ebro (Zaragoza)