Monday 10 January 2022

Culleredo in A Coruña and San Valentín, Ferrol and Encoro de Cecebre, A Coruña, Spain.

A Fawn Yawn in A Coruña and a few more bits.

Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).
I set off to a spot on the outskirts of A Coruña where an immature Rosy Starling (Estornino Rosado / Sturnus roseus) had been for a few days but with just some sketchy Information I did not expect to find it, there is not a great deal of rare bird info in Spain at the best of times but for some time now birders report birds on certain sites without pinning locations for some reason.
Rosy Starling (Estornino Rosado / Sturnus roseus) Immature.
Rosy Starling (Estornino Rosado / Sturnus roseus) Immature.
Anyway I got to the spot nearest to the Ebird pin which was helpfully put in the middle of the river, I parked and crossed the railway and walked along the river side Paseo where I found  Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) and several Spotless Starlings (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
After a while I saw a group of Starlings in some Laylandi trees at the back of a Dia store and when I walked closer I soon found the not so Rosy Starling sat up on a cable, not one of the nice pink adult birds but the name from the 80sthe fawn yawn is more apt for this chap but still very pleased to find it.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) female.
My next stop was a few KMs to the North at Ferrol on the river at San Valentín on the more Southern side of the river where I started my search for a reported Bonaparte's Gull (Gaviota de Bonaparte / Larus philadelphia) but I could not find it and only added Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
I had a look on Google Maps and decided to check an area opposite on the Northern side of the river, so I crossed the bridge and parked on an industrial estate before I walked along a path which followed there shore of the river. On the way I scanned the groups of Gulls but only turned up the same species as before, I also found Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Coal Tit  (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus). 
Bonaparte's Gull (Gaviota de Bonaparte / Larus philadelphia).
I turned around and walked back towards the car but checked a group of around a 100 or so Black-headed Gulls and was pleased to find the Bonaparte's out on the water at the far side of the flock but it stayed distant and when a Runner came passed and flushed the gulls up it disappeared even though most of the others returned.
Encoro de Cecebre.
I moved on to my last stop of the day at Encoro de Cecebre a reservoir where I had popped into yesterday, I walked the track back down to the water and again found the flock of Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula) still in the same area but more spread out which made picking out the other species easier. I found the two Lesser Scaup (Porrón Bola / Aythya affinis), a male and female along with 2 male and at least one female Greater Scaup (Porrón Bastardo / Aythya marila).

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