Sea-watching, Santa Susanna style

Five Black-winged Stilt fly by on Spanish indoor sea-watch

We arrived in Catalonia on Friday evening, to stay with Joe and Gabi in their rented seaside apartment in Santa Susanna. Yesterday was the worst weather I can remember having in Spain – it poured down all day with a moderate north wind. Triple glazing and rain splattered windows made sea-watching difficult but I did have a very productive session in the late afternoon. The highlights of which were: the local Yellow-legged and Black-headed Gulls were joined by Mediterranean and Lesser Black-backed; a steady stream of Gannet; two Great Skua; 50 Golden Plover; four Whimbrel; Scopoli’s & Balearic Shearwater; 800+ Cormorant; a flock of 15 Garganey and, perhaps best of all five Black-winged Stilt. I also had a bedraggled Alpine Swift fly by at eye-level. Not bad for a day spent indoors.

Garganey was a new sea-watch species for me
Just a few of the 800+ Cormorant seen heading north
Not the best viewing conditions from my Santa Susanna sea-watching ‘hide’!
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One comment on “Sea-watching, Santa Susanna style

  1. […] We’re over in Spain for the week, visiting family. Yesterday, in dreadful weather, I did have a chance to do a spot of indoor sea-watching. If you’re interested in the outcome you can read about it on my other blog at: […]

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