Although it hardly seems possible, for some species the breeding season is now over and birds are once again heading south. Looking at some farm reservoirs close to San Javier airport over the weekend, I had my first returning Black Terns, adults in full breeding plumage, feeding over the reservoirs together with a couple of Gull-billed Terns.
First returning Black Tern...
... together with a Gull Billed Tern
I also asked about Flamingos, as having passed by San Pedro the previous week, I had seen 3 ‘juvenile’ Flamingos, but on asking people from various places where they breed in Spain (Laguna de Fuente Piedra; Pétrola; Delta del Ebro), none of the young have yet reached being able to fly. Normally I don’t see juvenile Flamingos until the end of August, so wondered if it were possible that they may have bred at San Pedro for the first time, and the juveniles that I saw were local birds. While talking about the flamingos, looking through my ‘scope I saw another group of 10 juveniles, some of which looked suspiciously dark to me – unfortunately they were far too distant to be able to photograph. Although the people manning the desk didn’t know if they have bred here this year, they said they would find out and let me know.
Photos of the juvenile Flamingos taken last weekend
And keep an eye out for swifts – what with the rarities (Needletailed and Pacific Swifts) having been seen in the UK and a Pacific Swift in Galicia last week, we had a report of up to 3 Little Swifts having been seen locally last week along the Mar Menor in Los Urrutias. Although they couldn't be re-located, it's always worth checking any swifts out just in case there may be a strange one amongst them!