Thursday, 14 January 2016

Embalse de San Andrés, Sidra Trabanco and East of Gijón, Asturias.

A quick damp visit to a lake then lunch at a Sidra restaurant and an afternoons drive along the coast.

Jayne and I drove to a nearby Embalse where we looked for a couple of interesting species which had been on site for a while, the first species was easily found when I picked out two white form Snow Geese (Ánsar nival / Anser coerlescens) which were feeding on the grass along the margins. I had a walk just a short way down the road to check a reed bed at the Western end of the lake and saw Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) and in the bushes along the roadside a very nice Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus). We took a drive along the southern side and scanned back down in to the corner of the lake where I had distant views of the second target species, a Whooper Swan (Cisne Cantor / Cygnus cygnus).
The rain started again so we headed inland to a Sidra visitor's centre which turned out to be a very nice place to have lunch, after which we book our places on a tour of the production areas in a couple of days.
As it was only early afternoon we decided to have a drive west along the coast a few KM calling in at a few villages, during the dirve we saw Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Razorbill (Alca Común / Alca torda), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Shag (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
As we drove around we saw several Horreos, small buildlings used for drying grain and other crops.

Photographs, 2x Horreos

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