Last thuesday I went to Pitillas reservoir, a famous a valuable site in the middle zone of Navarra.
The climate conditions weren't the best ones but due to the lack of time that I have lately for birding I had no chance of changing the schedule.
Mild showers and increasing winds received me in the reservoir's parking, so I took a sweater and my Kowa 88 scope and headed to my observation points.
It had rained previously and I saw a few water poddles on the path but I it wasn't on my planes to visit de wadder traditional sites because they were dried out for sure.
I started looking the shoreline when a group of wadders feeding on the floatting weeds call my atention. They were quite a few , something not usual here.
I headed to that point to observe closer the birds and they were sanderlings and a nice band of twenty two!! a very good record here (there is only one more observation with more individuals, it was back in 2007 with 50 birds- R.Rodriguez ).
A nice group of sanderlings feeding in the weeds. The light conditions were very poor.
In the first view the solitary dunlin that was among them helped my as a yardstick to evaluate the size of the other waders around ( I doubted two secs with little stints with nuptiale feathers).
Redshanks (20 birds) flying around my position with their fluttering voices.
I saw a fast crossing group of birds in the distance. Rapidly a I took a record shot and realized that they were ringed plovers...........it seemed that it was a good day for migration (the last impulses I suposse because we are already in advanced month of May).
Sanderlings ready to "land" in a floatting area of weeds a floating vegetation.
That's all for today -;)