Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Monday, 27th February 2012 – Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar

Weather: Sky no cloud, wind NE F2-3, temp. 13ºC. 17:10 to 18:20.
The salinas at San Pedro del Pinatar are the largest working salinas in the region of Murcia.
As I had to go to San Javier, and the salinas are just up the road from there, I decided to make a brief visit, mainly to see if I could find any early migrants.
I saw nothing particularly out of the ordinary, but did have a Spoonbill fly over me across the road, and also saw 2 Marbled Teal, which I don’t know if have overwintered, or if they are recent arrivals after the winter.
Black-tailed Godwits feeding in one of the lagoons
Species seen
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei)

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

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