Monday, 27 February 2012

Sunday, 26th February 2012 – Salinas de Marchamalo, La Manga

Weather: Clear sky, wind SW F1, temp. 16ºC. 11:30 to 12:15.
The Salinas de Marchamalo is a disused Salinas which is supposedly being improved so that it can once again be the magnet for birds it used to be. This improvement is meant to include pumping water from the Mar Menor into the Salinas so that they don’t dry out.
My first stop around the salinas was at the end of the track opposite the school (by ‘Carpinteria Denis’), as quite often a number of small waders gather here. However on this occasion there was nothing, except 2 Monk Parakeets flying over! Crossing over to the asphalted track that goes out into the Salinas, there were 14 Golden Plover resting on one of the walls (their usual roost).
I then stopped at the side of the road in the corner down from the Go-karts. From here, on the walls of the Salinas I counted 18 Grey Heron, and quite a surprise, 2 Great White Egrets. Other than that, things were fairly slow – a group of 15 Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank being the highlights.
Testimonial shot of the two Great White Egrets, together with a Grey Heron
I then drove round to the Playa Paraiso side of the Salinas, but apart from another group of 15 Little Stints, there was nothing there out of the ordinary.
Species seen
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

Redshank (Tringa tetanus)

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)

Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus rubber)

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Great White Egret (Egretta alba)

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis)

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