Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Travelling North to Porrua, near Llanes, Asturias, Spain.

A Move further North and a touch West.
Ebird List
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).

After breakfast I left Santi and Howard for a few days away on the North Coast, along the road to Lerma I started the list off with Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and a Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) which was fishing in a very muddy Rio Arlanza on the edge of the town just before I got on to the Motorway to Burgos and beyond.
After some time I came of the Motorway and refueled picking up a very smart male Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus), several Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and 4x Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which were stood in a damp pool amongst several piles of animal Poooooo.
After fueling up I went for a look at the Western End of the Embalse del Ebro from the Área Recreativa de Arroyo but apart from Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), and Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) it was quiet and extramly windy so I drove back towards the Motorway but notice a bridge across a narrower area of water so dropped down to it and scanned the area finding good numbers of Duck including 100+ Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), 30 or so Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope), 50+pf both Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and half a dozen Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta).
Other species included Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus).
I continued on North and then west towards my accommodation in Porrua but made a stop to the West of Llanes first for a walk and some sea watching, I parked in Niembru and on the walk down to Playa de Toranda I did an Ebird list, species included
Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), an unidentifed Auk species and loads more Meadow Pipits.
I then went to my accommodation and unpacked, later I did some shopping before going for a walk along the road back towards the coast, as I walked I heard a couple of Owls calling and guess they must have been Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) but they were making noises I have not heard before.

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