Saturday, 7 February 2009

Kittiwakes in Motril Harbour, Granada Province.

Kittiwakes a new Province tick.

On Saturday the 7th February Juan Pérez Contreras and myself took part in the RAM sea bird survey at Peñón de Jolúcar just to East of Motril. The first bird recorded that morning was a Juv Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctilla / Rissa tridactila) flying west towards Motril, followed closely by almost a 1000 Great Cormorants (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocórax carbo). After the survey we visited the fishing docks at Motril and found at least a further 11 Kittiwakes of various ages sheltering from the strong winds out in the Mediterranean. We then moved to Charca de Suárez on the other side of Motril where we saw our first Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) of the year, several of each. Also there we saw Purple Swamp-hen (Calamón Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) and 50+ Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Photographs from the top: Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctilla / Rissa tridactila) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).

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