New haunts, old favourites

Audouin’s Gull – an old Spanish favourite – at the mouth of La Tordera river

Like many we’ve seen in Spain, the small La Tordera river meets the sea flowing across intensive agriculture / market gardens, squeezed between sprawling holiday resorts. At it’s junction with the sea there is a small estuary with a couple of bird blinds. The habitat is good and the birdlife interesting. Yesterday, before the rain set in for the afternoon, we spent an hour or two seeking out some old favourites. The fields held mixed flocks of House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Serin, Chaffinch and Linnet, with the odd Black Redstart, Hoopoe and Pheasant. The reed-lined river was home to Cetti’s Warbler and Chiffchaff. At the estuary itself the gulls loafing on the sand-bar included Audouin’s – always nice to be reacquainted – whilst a Bonxie flew by close to the shore. Around the edge White and Yellow Wagtail (Iberian race) fed along with a pair of Shoveler. A good spot, close to Santa Susanna, to spend a lazy Sunday morning birding. Meanwhile, back at the sea-watching hide – aka Joe & Gabi’s 6th floor apartment – things on the sea had quietened down. Still a few Gannets and distant shearwaters but nothing like the day before. There were still several large flocks of Cormorant heading north, probably 300 in total, but they to were distant.

Grab shot of distant Hoopoe (with Collared Dove) before it flew off
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