Friday, 27 April 2012

Friday 27th April 2012

Cabo de Palos lighthouse garden
Weather: Sky 8/8 low cloud, wind SW F0-1, temp.14ºC.  08:15 – 09:10.

A very grey day today, almost dark! This morning things were like I expect them to be in a couple of week’s time – almost no migrants, just the breeding birds.  Seen on my walk this morning, just 6 Willow Warblers, a single Common Whitethroat and Woodchat Shrike and a couple of male Common Redstarts.  All the rest of the migrants (and the Great Tit that’s been around for the last 2 days) had gone.

A quiet morning this morning, jut a few Willow Warblers amongst the migrants

Little Egret seaching for breakfast on a rocky islet
In the bay between the lighthouse and La Manga, 2 Shag 

Species seen/heard
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Yellow Legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Rock Dove/Domestic Pigeon (Columba livia)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba)
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Robin (erythacus rubecula)
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

Marchamalo Salinas (La Manga)
Weather: Sky 7/8 cloud, wind SW F0 - 1, temp. 15ºC.  09:15 – 09:50.

The waders were much as in previous days but with lower numbers, with 21 Curlew Sandpiper and 8 Redshank.  The Mimosas area was also relatively quiet, with just 3 Turtle Doves, 2 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher around.
Over the open fields to the west of the mimosa area, a single Short-toed Lark was singing, and from my car on the way home as I was coming into Los Belones, something big and black.  When I got my bins on it, it was a Carrion Crow – something very rare in these parts (in fact the first one I’ve seen this year).

  The only flycatcher seen this morning, this Spotted Flycatcher

Species seen/heard
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)
Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

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