Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sea watch and Valencia rice fields

Dave and I decided on a morning out to check out Cullera Light House, a rocky outcrop, and see what birds could be seen out at sea. On arrival at the car-park we came across a Black Redstart numerous Chiff Chaff, Stonechat and a Robin. On the beach was a lone Audoins Gull and a Yellow- legged Gull. We set up our scopes and before long had good views of numerous groups of Balearic Shearwater. We estimated 200 plus in 2 hours. Other species included Sanderling, Common Tern and Cormorant. Also among the rocks and undergrowth were 2 Cettis Warblers showing well.

Dave Warrington Valenciabirding

On the way home we came across some flooded rice fields and decided to stop and scan the area. Hundreds of Grey Herons were in residence along with 3 Great White Egrets, Cattle Egrets and Little Egrets. Other birds seen were Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Teal, Marsh Harriers, Meadow Pipit and Booted Eagle.

Great White Egret

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