Birdwatching in Cataluña (Spain) – especially in the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona

January 18 – 27, 2010

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Species List
Ringed birds

 
 
Introduction

From January 18 – 27, 2010 I spent again 10 days in  Cataluña  in Eastern Spain. I visited especially the Marismas de Filipinas, part of the Parque Natural de Llobregat, near the Airport of Barcelona and the Parque Natural de Delta de l'Ebre.

Itinerary
January 18, 2010: Flight with EasyJet from Berlin-Schönefeld to Barcelona. Arrival at 11.00. Take-over of the prepaid rented car from Atesa. Drive to Platja de Viladecans and to
the Nature Reserve Marismas de Filipinas (Espais Natural de Remolar Filipines). Birdwatching until 14:00, thereafter drive to Castelldefels. Accomodation in the Hotel Canal Olímpic for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon walk to the town centre.
January 19, 2010: Due to continuous rain digiscoping of birds from the balcony of the hotel room.
January 20, 2010: Drive on the highway C-31 from Castelldefels to
the Nature Reserve Marismas de Filipinas near the airport of Barcelona. Birdwatching until 16:30 and return to Castelldefels.
January 21, 2010: Again drive from Castelldefells to
the Nature Reserve Marismas de Filipinas and birdwatching until 13:20. After a short lunch at the car drive on the highways C-31, C-32 and AP-7 and on the roads N-340 and TV 3408 to Sant Carles de la Ràpita. Accommodation the the Hotel del Port for the next 6 nights. In the evening walk to the harbour and the beach.
January 22, 2010: Drive from Sant Carles de la Ràpita to El Poble Nou del Delta and to
the Mirador de Través as well as to the hides of La Tancada and Riet Vell.
January 23, 2010: Drive from Sant Carles de la Ràpita into the paddyfields in the surroundings of El Poble Nou del Delta. Birdwatching in the fields near l'Encanyissada.
January 24, 2010: Drive from Sant Carles de la Ràpita into the paddy fields north of the town. Thereafter visit of the hides of Casa de Fusta and La Tancada as well as visits at Mirador l'Embut and Mirador de l'Aufacada.



January 25, 2010: Drive from Brazo del Este back to Sanlucar de Barrameda. After vacuation of my hotel room drive on the roads A-471, and the highways A-4, A-49, and A-483 via Sevilla to El Rocío. Accommodation in Hotel Toruña for the next four nights. In the evening birdwatching in the flooded marshland of El Rocío.
January 26, 2010: Due to continuing rain birdwatching again only in the flooded marshland of El Rocío.
January 27, 2010:
Drive to the Centro de Visitantes La Rocina and birdwatching until 17:00. After return to El Rocío once again birdwatching in the flooded marshland until sunset.
January 28, 2010: Drive on road A-483 to the Centro de Visitantes El Acebuche. Birdwatching in the area until 17.30. After return to El Rocío last birdwatching in the flooded marshland until sunset.
January 18, 2010: In the morning drive on the highways A-483, A-49, A-92, A-45, and A-7 via Sevilla, Antequera, and Málaga to Guadalmar. After a renewed visit in the Nature Reserve Desembocadura del Guadalhorce direct flight with EasyJet from Málaga airport to Berlin-Schönefeld, where I arrived before 22.30.


Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Canon EOS 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used
Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
J. A. Montero y colaboradores, Dónde ver aves in España. Los 100 mejores lugares, Lynx editions, Bellaterra y SEO/ Birdlife 2005, ISBN 978-84-87334-85-6
Michael Rebane, Ernest Garcia, Where to watch birds in Northern and Eastern Spain, Second Edition, Christopher Helm, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, London 2008, ISBN 978-0-7136-8315-8

Maps for the orientation in the area
Costa Brava - Costa Dorada
, ADAC Urlaubskarte, Scale 1 : 250 000, ISBN 3-8264-0809-8

Links to Birding in Cataluña
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/spain_cataluna.html


Excursions

18.01.2010, 12:10-12:50
Platja de Viladecans, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast, drizzle.
The following bird species were observed at Platja de Viladecans.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), on the beach.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, on the beach.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, 1 on the car park, 1 on the beach.

18.01.2010, 13:10-14:20
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast, drizzel.
The following 22 bird species were observed in the Nature Reserve Marismas de Filipinas (Espais Natural de Remolar Filipines).
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
5 (at least), swimming and diving.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
7, roosting at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on grassland.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, on grassland.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
200 (at least), swimming or on grassland.
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
3 males, roosting at the water's edge.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
15 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
2, roosting at the water's edge.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
30 (at least), swimming.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
50
(at least), on grassland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, at the water's edge.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50 (at least), swimming.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, on shrubland.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying over the water expanses. Black underwing coverts and white patches in tailfeathers could be recognized.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, on a path.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, on the ground.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
10 (at least), in reedbeds at the edge of the water expanses.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, at the water's edge.

18.01.2010, 15:20-17:30
Castelldefels, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the Hotel Canal Olímpic to the Plaça de l'Esglesia and back via Plaça Barona and the area of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, roosting on a tree.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
36 (at least), swimming on water expanses.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
11, on grassland.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
27, swimming on water expanses.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
35, near the railway station.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
9, flying or on roofs.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on streets.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on a lawn.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, on grassland.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
4, flying or on roofs.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
7, one of them singing on a roof.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), on streets.

19.01.2010, 12:15-16:00
Castelldefels, Hotel Canal Olímpic, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast, rainy.
The following bird species were observed from the balcony in the surroundings of the Hotel Canal Olìmpic.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
11, roosting on a tree.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
4, 1 roosting on a tree, 3 on an antenna.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, roosting on a tree.

 

P102-0790, P102-0801, and P102-0802
Castelldefels, surroundings of Hotel Canal Olímpic, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
(21.01.2010)

20.01.2010, 10:00-10:45
Mirador de la Vidala, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
9 °C, overcast.
The Mirador de la Vidala is situated at the road about 500 m before the car park of the Espai Natural del Remolar Filipines. – The following bird species could be observed from this observation tower.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
2, swimming.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
100
(at least), flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
38, 25 of them roosting on a power line, 13 of them flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
50, flying over the water expanses.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, on a tree.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
20, flying.

P102-0761
Mirador de la Vidala, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
(20.01.2010)

20.01.2010, 11:00-16:30
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
9 °C, overcast.
The following 32 bird species were observed in the Espai Natural del Remolar Filipines.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
25, roosting on small islands or flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
15, 12 of them on a fence.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
7, swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
20 (at least), roosting on an island or swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
1, roosting on a small island.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
100 (at least), roosting on an island or swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), roosting on an island or swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
50 (at least), roosting on an island or swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
4, swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
2, swimming.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
100 (at least), roosting on wetland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1000
(at least), roosting on wetland.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
1, on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
3, on wetland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, on wetland.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, on wetland.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
1, on wetland.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
4, on wetland.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
2, on wetland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), on wetland or swimming.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, on wetland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
5 (at least), on wetland.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on a path.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, at the edge of a reedbed.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, on wetland.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on a path.

 

 

 

P102-0765, P102-0766, P102-0772, P102-0776, and P102-0782
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
(20.01.2010)

21.01.2010, 10:30-13:20
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
8 – 15 °C, fair.
The following 24 bird species were observed in the Espai Natural del Remolar Filipines. Not all species were counted.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
36, roosting on small islands.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
14, roosting on a fence.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
roosting on small islands or swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
3, swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
roosting on small islands or swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
roosting on small islands or swimming.
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
roosting on small islands or swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
roosting on small islands or swimming.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
200, 100 of them on wetland, 100 flying.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1000
, on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
1, on wetland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, on wetland.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
1, on wetland.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
2, on wetland.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, on wetland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, on wetland.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
2, on the path.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Sardinian Warbler (Sýlvia melanocéphala, Samtkopfgrasmücke):
1, in shrubs.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
on wetland.

 

P102-0804, P102-0807, and P102-0808
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
(21.01.2010)

21.01.2010, 17:30-18:00
Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
14 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk to the harbour of Sant Carlos de la Ràpita.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
20 (at least), swimming in the bay.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
200, flying as great swarm.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), swimming in the harbour.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, swimming in the harbour.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
2, on a lantern in the harbour.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, at the beach.
Black Redstart (Phoenicúrus ochrúros, Hausrotschwanz):
1, in a park.
Bat (species? Fledermaus):
1, flying near the beach.

P102-0932
Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(24.01.2010)

22.01.2010, 09:30-10:00
El Poble Nou del Delta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
10 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed along the road or on the paddy fields during the drive from Sant Carles de la Ràpita to El Poble Nou del Delta.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
10, on a paddy fields.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
5, on a paddy field.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
10, flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
10, on a paddy fields.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
2
, on a paddy field.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
500 (at least), on paddy fields.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
4, on a palm.

P102-0895
Paddy fields in the surroundings of El Poble Nou del Delta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(22.01.2010)

22.01.2010, 10:00
Mirador de Través, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
10 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the Mirador de Través on the surrounding water expanses.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
3, swimming on a ditch.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
50 (at least), swimming.
Black-necked Grebe (Pódiceps nigricóllis, Schwarzhalstaucher):
15 (at least), swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
50 (at least), swimming or roosting on posts.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3 (at least), on wetland.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on wetland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
10, at the edge of the reedbeds.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
160 (at least), in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
25, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
300 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
500 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
9 females, simultaneously over the reedbeds.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
500 (at least), swimming.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
4
, flying.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
2, flying.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
5 (at least), at the edge of the reedbeds.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.

 

P102-0823,  P102-0899,  and P102-0900, 
Mirador de Través, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(22.01.2010)

22.01.2010, 11:45-12:05
La Tancada, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
14 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the water expanses of La Tancada.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
12, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
2, at the water's edge.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, at the water's edge.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
7, at the water's edge.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
1000, in shallow water.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
35, swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
200 (at least), swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
8 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
200 (at least), swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1 ad., roosting.

 

  P102-0835 and P102-0840
La Tancada, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(22.01.2010)

22.01.2010, 12:35-16:30
Reserva Natural de Riet Vell, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
14 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the hide of the Reserva Natural de Riet Vell or from the car park.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
2, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, in shallow water.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2 females, flying.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyáneus, Kornweihe):
1 female, flying (with characteristic white rump)
Water-Rail (Rallus aquáticus, Wasserralle):
1, at the edge of the reedbed.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
60, 57 of them on a paddy field.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
12, swimming.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
50
(at least), on a paddy field.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
50 (at least), startled by a Marsh Harrier.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
2 ad., on wetland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
10 (at least), 5 of them roosting on a tree.
Bluethroat (Luscínia svécica, Blaukehlchen):
1, in a reedbed.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
5
, roosting on a tree.

 

P102-0842 and P102-889
Reserva Natural de Riet Vell, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(22.01.2010)

22.01.2010, 16:30-17:00
El Poble Nou del Delta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
14 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on the paddy fields along the road from the Reserva Natural de Riet Vell to El Poble Nou del Delta.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
1, on a paddy field.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
6, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1000 (at least), on paddy fields.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the road.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
4, in El Poble Nou del Delta on the road.

23.01.2010, 11:20-15:30
El Poble Nou del Delta, paddy fields, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
12 °C, overcast.
The following 21 bird species were observed on the paddy fields in the surroundings of El Poble Nou del Delta.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
30 (at least). At the edge of paddy fields or roosting on powerlines.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
6 (at least), on paddy fields.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
5 (at least), on paddy fields or on wetland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
28, on paddy fields.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
12 (at least), on paddy fields.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, on a paddy field.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
3 females, flying over paddy fields.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, roosting on wetland.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 female, roosting on a tree.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
15, on paddy fields.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
3, on a paddy field.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
20
(at least), on paddy fields.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
1, at the edge of a paddy field.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1000 (at least), on paddy fields.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
20 (at least), on paddy fields.
Water Pipit (Anthus spinolétta, Bergpieper):
1, on a paddy field.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
15 (at least), on paddy fields.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, on a tree.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
5 (at least), on paddy fields.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
3, on a tree.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, flying.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
3, 1 on a tree (together with a Kestrel)

   

P102-0909, P102-0914, and P102-0918
Paddy fields in the surroundings of El Poble Nou del Delta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(23.01.2010)

23.01.2010, 13:40-14:10
Mirador de Patrau, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
12 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the Mirador de Petrau on the water expanses of l'Encanyissada and the surrounding paddy fields.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
13, roosting.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
43, on a paddy field.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
5, 2 at the edge of reedbeds, 3 on a paddy field.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
19, at the edge of a ditch.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
1, on a paddy field.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
22, in shallow water.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
300 (at least), on the edge of a reedbed.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
2 females, flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1 female, roosting on a tree.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
200, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1000 (at least), on a paddy field.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
10, on a paddy field.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), swimming or on a paddy field.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on a paddy field.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
100
, on a paddy field.

 

P102-919, P102-921, and P102-923
Mirador de Patrau, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(23.01.2010)

24.01.2010, 10:45
Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel del Port.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (al least), flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), on roofs.

 

P102-0941 and P102-943
Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(24.01.2010)

24.01.2010, 11:00-12:55
Sant Carles de la Ràpita, paddy fields, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
I drove parallel to road TV-3408 on a by-road (dam) through the paddy fields north of Sant Carles de la Ràpita until I reached the road from Ullals de Baltasar to the TV-3406. Then I followed the road TV-3406 until the junction to Casa de Fusta. The following 22 bird species were observed on the paddy fields or along the road.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
11, on the paddy fields.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
100 (at least), on the paddy fields.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
15 (at least), on the paddy fields.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
1, on a paddy field.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
5 (at least), flying.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
3, hovering over dry paddy fields.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
100
(at least), on the paddy fields.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
5, at the edge of a paddy field.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
2, at the edge of a paddy field.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
5, on a paddy fields.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, on the paddy fields.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
20 (at least), on the paddy fields.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, at the edge of a paddy field.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
15 (at least), on the paddy fields.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5, along the road.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
20
, on a tree (photos).
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10, on the road.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2 (1,1), on a paddy field.
Serin (Serínus serínus, Girlitz):
40 (at least), at the edge of a paddy field.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
20 (at least), at the edge of a paddy field.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
10, at the edge of a paddy field.

24.01.2010, 12:55-14:00
Casa de Fusta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the Mirador at Casa de Fusta.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
3, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
500 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
3 (1,2), flying.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
4, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1500 (at least), swimming.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
40, flying, startled by a Marsh Harrier.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, calling.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
10 (at least), at the edge of a reedbed or on a tree, at least one of them singing.

 

P102-0944, P102-0947, and P102-0946
Casa de Fusta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(24.01.2010)

24.01.2010, 14:10
Mirador de l´Embut, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the Mirador de l´Embut on the water expanse of l'Encanyissada or on the paddy fields.
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, calling in the reedbed.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
35, roosting on posts.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, on a paddy field.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
5, on a paddy field, one of them swallowing a crayfish.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
110, in shallow water.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
500 (at least), swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
4 females, flying.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
300 (at least), swimming.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
50
(at least), on a paddy field.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20, on a paddy field.

 

 

P102-952, P102-954, P102-955, and P102-957
Mirador de l´Embut, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(24.01.2010)

24.01.2010, 15:00
El Poble Nou del Delta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on water expanses near the junction of the roads Carretera de les Salines de Poble Nou del Delta and Carretera de Baledares.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
15, in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
2, in shallow water.

24.01.2010, 16:00-16:30
Mirador de l'Aufacada, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the Mirador de l'Aufacada (also Mirador de l'Alfacada).
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
55, roosting.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on grassland.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
10, on grassland.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
300 (at least), roosting on grassland.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
18, on grassland.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
10, on grassland.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
4, swimming.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
1, flying.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
100 (at least), on wetland.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), on wetland.

 

P102-0965, P102-0961, and P102-0962
Surroundings of the Mirador de l'Alfacada, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(24.01.2010)

25.01.2010, 10:40-14:10
El Poble Nou del Delta, paddy fields, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
9 °C, overcast, sometimes also raining.
The following 22 bird species were observed on the paddy fields along the road from Sant Carles de la Ràpita to El Poble Nou del Delta.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
20 (at least), roosting at the edge of paddy fields.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
100 (at least), on paddy fields.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
15 (at least), on paddy fields.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
40 (at least), on paddy fields.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
20 (at least), on paddy fields.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
5 (at least), flying.
Hen Harrier (Circus cyáneus, Kornweihe):
1 male, flying along the road.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, roosting on a paddy field.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
2 (1,1), on a tree.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
10 (at least), on paddy fields.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
20
, flying over a paddy field.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
500 (at least), on paddy fields.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
5 (at least), on paddy fields.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), on paddy fields.
Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii, Korallenmöwe):
2, flying over a paddy field.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
4, along the road.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
15 (at least), on paddy fields.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, at the edge of a reedbed.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
3, at the edge of a paddy field.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, at the edge of a paddy field.
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unícolor, Einfarbstar):
15, on a paddy field.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
10, at the edge of a reedbed.

P102-0968
Paddy fields in the surroundings of El Poble Nou del Delta, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(25.01.2010)

25.01.2010, 13:40-14:00
La Tancada
, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
9 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on a water expanse in the southern area of La Tancada.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
1 (last year's bird ???), banded with X|CTF (black characters on white ground). Coordinates: N 40° 38.401'; E 0° 44.443'.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
11, in shallow water.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limósa lappónica, Pfuhlschnepfe):
1, in shallow water.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenária ínterpres, Steinwälzer):
1, in shallow water.

26.01.2010, 11:00-13:20
Punta de la Banya, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
9 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during the 1.5 km long hiking tour along the beach from the car park to the Mirador de Punta de Banya.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
10, roosting.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
1000 (at least), in shallow water.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
1 male, roosting at the beach.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
80, roosting at the beach.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
2 (1,1), roosting at the beach.
Grey Plover (Pluviális squataróla, Kiebitzregenpfeifer):
6, at the beach.
Sanderling (Calídris alba, Sanderling):
1, at the beach.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenária ínterpres, Steinwälzer):
3, at the beach.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
100 (at least), flying or roosting.

P103-0006
Punta de la Banya, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(26.01.2010)

 

 

 

P102-0984, P102-0987, P102-0991, P102-0996, P103-0009, and P103-0057
Punta de la Banya, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(26.01.2010)

26.01.2010, 14:20-15:45
Reserva Natural de Riet Vell, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
12 °C, fair, windy.
The following bird species were observed from the hide in the Reserva Natural de Riet Vell.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
3, flying.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, on a paddy field.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Cattle Egret (Bubúlcus ibis, Kuhreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1, flying over the Reserve.
Purple Gallinule (Porphýrio porphýrio, Purpurhuhn):
53, on a paddy field and in the Reserva Natural.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
10 (at least), swimming.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
50 (at least), startled by a Marsh Harrier.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
2, swimming.
Grey Wagtail (Motacílla cinérea, Gebirgsstelze):
1, at the edge of the reedbed.

P103-0058
Reserva Natural de Riet Vell, Provincia de Tarragona (Cataluña, Spain)
(26.01.2010)

27.01.2010, 11:00-13:00
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
9 °C, overcast.
The following 22 bird species were observed from the northern hide (Aguait de Maresmas).
Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
2, swimming.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
22, roosting.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
5, swimming.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
20 (at least), roosting.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
15 (at least), roosting.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
500 (at least), roosting or swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
(not counted).
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
2 males, roosting.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
50 (at least), roosting.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrínus, Wanderfalke):
1, attacking a Lapwing without success.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
1, swimming.
Golden Plover (Pluviális apricárius, Goldregenpfeifer):
200 (at least), on wetland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1000
(at least), on wetland.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
3, in shallow water.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, flying.
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monáchus, Mönchssittich):
25, flying.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
1, on wetland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, on wetland.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, on a path.

P103-0097
Marismas de Filipinas, Provincia de Barcelona (Cataluña, Spain)
(27.01.2010)

 
     
 

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