Friday, 9 March 2012

Wednesday 7th March 2012

Encañizadas, La Manga
Weather: Sky 1/8 cloud, wind NE F1; temp. 17ºC.  14:45 – 15:35

In the hope that there might be some Garganey around (this being as good a place as any to see them, and last year a single flock of 120+ was seen), I drove the long trek to the end of La Manga.  Of Garganey there was no sign (neither come to that, were there any Great White Egrets which are normally to be seen – I think they must have moved off), but there must have been an arrival of waders, as I saw around 700 Dunlin, about 50 Little Stints, around 100 Ringed Plover with a few (about 10) Kentish Plover mixed in.  Also of note were 3 Spoonbills, and a flock of 12 Meadow Pipits feeding in an overgrown building plot.

Species seen
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Dunlin (Calidris alpine)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)

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