Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tuesday 27th March 2012

Weather: Sky no cloud,  wind NE F2-3, temp.22ºC. 17:30 – 19:00.

A lazy day today, not going out birding till the afternoon!  I had a look around the area where the ringing takes place.   No sign of any quantity of birds, but I did come across my first Common Redstart of the year, and also heard a Chiff/Willow, and on the fossil dunes, there were a pair of Stone Curlew which took to flight as soon as they saw me.

My first Common Redstart of the year
I then went down to the Salinas, stopping on the way at a place where when there’s been a fall of any size, I normally see a few birds.  Here I had a second Common Redstart, and surprisingly a male Blue Rock Thrush on the roof of some abandoned farm buildings.  At the Salinas themselves, just the normal Audouin’s Gulls (103 today, with 5 rings read), and up to 6 Corn Buntings singing.

A surprise in the form of a male Blue Rock Thrush

Species seen
Serin (Serinus serinus)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Chiff/Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus collybita/trochilus)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii)
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis)
Corn Bunting (Miliaris calandra)
Rock Dove/Domestic Pigeon (Columba livia)
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Crested Lark ((Galerida cristata)

Cabo de Palos lighthouse garden
Weather: Sky no cloud, wind NE F4, temp. 18ºC.  19:30 – 20:00.

A late visit to the lighthouse garden at Cabo de Palos, but again hardly anything in the way of migrants.  A single Black Redstart, and a group of a dozen swifts (either Common or Pallid) flew through high up.  I may have found the reason why there are no small birds though!

About half of the reception committee awaiting any small birds in the lighthouse garden

 Species seen
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Swift/Pallid Swift (Apus apus/Pallidus)


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