Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sunday, 11th March 2012

Weather: Sky 1/8 cloud, wind SE F1, temp. 15ºC.  11:00 – 13:15.

I decided to have a look at the Salinas in Calblanque, to read ring numbers on the Audouin’s gulls, and have a walk round the back of the Salinas to see if there were any migrants about.  I spent ¾ of an hour checking out the gulls, and then walked the fence at the back of the Salinas, which at times has turned up some decent birds.  On this occasion the best bird was a Wryneck, seen briefly on the fence before it flew over to the fossil sand dunes and was lost to view. The only other thing of note was the number of Songthrushes (37) along the fence.  There had obviously been a fall of these.

Species seen
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii)
Yellow Legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis)
Songthrush (Turdus philomelos)
Crested Lark ((Galerida cristata)
Serin (Serinus serinus)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)
Black Winged Stilt (Hymantopus hymantopus)
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa)

Rambla de Albujon
Weather: Sky 1/8 cloud, wind SE F1-2, temp. 18ºC.  16:00 – 18:00.

In the afternoon I took a walk along the rambla, and stayed a while in the hope of photographing something (anything!).  Nothing different here, but I did see Water Pipit, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Common & Jack Snipe, and got some photos of White Wagtail.

Scruffy White Wagtail that decided it wanted its photo taken

Species seen
Serin (Serinus serinus)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba)

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