Friday, 8 January 2016

A Coruña, Galicia.

A morning around the shops whilst it rained and some birding later.

As the weather report did not look good we decided to head a few Km North to the town of A Coruña and visit the shopping Marineda City for a few hours and then have a look at the weather during the afternoon. We shopped until 1ish and the took a drive down towards the port and stopped at a spot over looking the Porto Deportivo where I spent a nice hour scanning the sea, rocks and pontoons amongst the boats and saw several Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Great Cormorants (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and 2x Razorbills (Alca Común / Alca torda) on the water as well as Great Black-backed (Gavión Atlántico / Larus marinus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), 3x Kittiwakes (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla), Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), 22x Ruddy Turnstones (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and a single Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) on the floating jetties. There were also lots of Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) further out in the sea. In the same area I had Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and a single male Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos). 
We later continued on around the coast a shorth way to the area near the Torre de Hercules where we had some luch before taking a walk up to the Tower. In the area I just added Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and a possible adult Herring Gull (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus) but it was flushed by a dog before I got a good enough view. 
The afternoon soon went by so we made our way back to Santiago and dropped a few bits off at the hotel before going for a walk around the old part of town and having something to eat.

Photographs from the top: Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis) x2, Razorbills (Alca Común / Alca torda) x2, Old Port Buildings and 3x Torre de Hercules.

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