Three Dunlins

Three Dunlins

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Summer waders in my local patch.

Saludos camperos!

This last summer that has just finished, I have been visiting "my lp" more often due to the holidays that I have in this period. My lp is about 5 kilometers from my house and that's always an advantage if one wants to keep the trace of the postnuptial migration in those interesting months of august and september in Northern Spain. I am going to resume in this blog-entry the most interesting wader sightings in the reservoir.

The pics are made with the smarthpone handhelded and the telescope (Kowa 88) with out any kind of adapter (excuse me for the poor quality of the images but those ones are record shots and are the ones that are valid to show the wealth of this reservoir in the migration of our lovely birds).

Also I have to mention the long distances of observation ( the birds are very wary and shy in this place) and the usual heat of the summer days that make the images so fuzzy.

Also it doen't help that there isn't any kind of hut or observatory to get hidden from the birds sight.

Telescope (Kowa 88) +  smartphone handheld

Wader "hat trick" ./ 30 july

Dunlin  (no common) + Little stint (escarce) + Kentish plover (local rarity).

Curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) / 31 july.

This is the only bird that I have seen this summer.

Two Black winged stilts sharing the shore with an Egyptian vulture-

Greenshanks resting but always alert  (4ex) / 20 august

Osprey / 22 august + 1 black tailed godwit behind!!

Snipe. Not very numerous due to the lack of reeds and protection in the shores / 08 september.

Black tailed godwit. This bird stayed three days / 08 september (estuvo tres dias en la balsa)

Ringed plovers.By far the most common species (with the common sandpiper) here this summer. In some days, there were about ten or more individuals lingering on the shores with their funny quick sprints.

Little ringed plover, always appears in the lp but never in great numbers

A juvenile Dunlin with the always wary Green sandpipers.

Some waders always tend to get together in their migration journeys.

Turnstones (2ex) / 09 september.

Always a rare bird in this inland reservoir with escarce observations. This one is the unique this year.

Whimbrel (2ex) / 10 september.

Always a nice surprise to find those elegant waders, even from a very distant point of view.

Spotted Redshank / 11 september

Always a treat here, four years ago that I had't see this northern bird in Zolina.

Sanderling / 20 september

Discovered by my LP mate Mikelgar, the only one this year!

Dunlin and a wood sanspiper feeding in the mudy shores of the East side. 22 september.

A really good one a Temminck's stint discoverd by Mikelgar (pic of Mikelgar).

The first one since 2011!!.

So I say good bye to the summer and make a warm welcome to the autumn, willing to see as many birds as I can, even if I know that the wader best period has come to an end in my Lp.

Wood sandpiper and Dunlin.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Marsh sandpiper in the ricefields!!

The other day a had the oportunity to go to Arguedas village or properly said to its ricefields that selter and important ornitofauna and in august is a very good place to observe waders (not always!).

The discovery by JC Lorenzo of a Marsh sandpiper, a very rare wader in my province Navarra, was the extra motivation to make the journey.

Of course, once there I enjoyed  with the rest of the birds and waders of the surroundings....

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis).

Third historic record in my province.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

It remainds me like mix of Black winged stilt and wood sandpiper.

Wood sandpiper having a quick bath in presence of the Marsh sandpiper.

The whole body must stay clean and properly mantained for the hard migration.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

After the bath there is a time for the feather arrangement.

Common sandpiper(Actitis hypoleuca)

Perfect camuflage for those rice fields, the common sandpiper.

I counted more than a dozen Little ringed plovers.

I discovered this Snipe (common) when it rose up after its nap.

Comparison between Wood and Marsh sandpiper.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Its the third historic record for my province (Navarra) and the discoverer was JC Lorenzo.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis).

I think that this bird is advancing to its first winter plumage.

Cattle egrets with Black winged stilts.

I only saw one little stint, this one.

Bat boxes in old telephone posts.( There are more than twenty).

Always nice to help them and a good  ally against the mosquitoes.

And now pics made with the phone handhold and my telescope:

Hard to see but there are eight Ruffs here....

Three Black tailed godwits having a refreshing bath in the cloudy and warm afternoon.

I didn't expect to observe so many Lapwings (I counted around eighty).

One of the many BWstilts that were present there. Many of them were juveniles born here.

The definitive "tool" for proper waderwatching.

One juvenile Dunlin resting in the middle of the ricefield ( I saw only a pair).

Marsh sandpiper in quick feeding action.

Saludos a tod@s!

Pictures taken:15/08/17

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The last day of july.....


Yesterday in the last day of july I saw nine wader species (ten in total and sadly missed a little stint in the afternoon...) in my local patch Zolina reservoir. As usual in this place not big numbers of those only one and twos.

But I was lucky with a pair of Curlew sandpipers, the first ones of the year, and a kentish plover that my mate Mikelgar discovered in the morning ( a local raritie here and also the first for Zolina this year and in Navarra).

Here I post a testimonial pic of the sandpiper (moulting to winter).

Lets see how it goes this month of august, one of the most interesting here!!

Calidris ferruginea.(310717)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A few waders in Deltebre.....

Hi !

I have been for holidays in Deltebre (Delta of Ebro river) in the Catalunian province of Tarragona  with my family for almost two weeks having two afternoons to go birding for a while.

As always it has been very interesting with many bird species that are very rare in my hometown such as flamingoes and ibises. 

Talking about waders I must admit that I didn't expect such high numbers of a few species due to the early dates (middle of July) but it was clear that the returning pass has started with strenght.

I wish I could go to this magnificient place for waders in august or september but familiar and work responsabilities don't alow me such luxury.

I saw  18 species,highlightining six turnstones, but I missed the Grey phalarope (local rarity) that appeared while I was in the beach with my soons. I tried to localize it, but I wasn't succesfull even if it lingered around  for about five days  (the Delta is huge with  many adecuate places for the bird).

The Kowa prepared to scope any detail in the horizon.

Three Black tailed godwits gave me the official welcome to the estuary.

Grey plovers (22ex) with some bar tailed godwits in between.

The redshanks were by far with the  territorial Black winged stilts the most numerous shorebirds.

A record photo for me with nine wood sandpipers together!!

I have seen them always in ones and twos.

At dusk and when the hopes of seeing one was vanising, five fast flying pranticoles appeared.

One adult heading the flight and the youngster following. This species breeds in the delta.

A solitary BWS was feeding frantically in the shallow marshes.

The first afternoon I saw only one ruff. In the next visit in another place I counted around 40.

The magnificient views of the observatory were you can enjoy with countless opportunities.

A lapwing in a well know site were there is lawn/grass culture . An oasis in the heart of the park.

 This is a special place without rice fields were many waders gather and gives ocassional rarities.

Whimbrel in the middle of the meadow.