Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tuesday, 17th April 2012

Cabo de Palos lighthouse garden
Weather: Sky 1/8 cloud, wind NW F2-4, temp. 8ºC.  07:50 – 09:00.

An earlier start this morning, and I seemed to beat the wind, only to have it to come back up, (and feel cold!).  A few new birds around this morning, a couple of Northern Wheatears, 4 Woodchats, around 15 Willow Warblers and a group of 12 Corn Buntings flew in while I was there (but no sign of Ortolan Bunting, which I’ve had in previous years around about now).

 For the 2nd day in succession, a female Common Redstart around the cliffs area

 Always obvious when they come in even if not approachable - Woodchat Shrike

One of the 'plainer' residents, Spotless Starling

Species seen
Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Yellow Legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Rock Dove/Domestic Pigeon (Columba livia)
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Swift/Pallid Swift (Apus apus/pallidus)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba)
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Corn Bunting  (Miliaria calandra)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

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