Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Culleredo in A Coruña, Playa de Riazor, Playa de Alba and Encoro de Cecebre, A Coruña, Spain.

Birding in and around A Coruña.

Torre de Hércules from Playa de Riazor.
I set off before light and found my way to Culleredo in A Coruña to have a second look for the Rosy Starling (Estornino Rosado / Sturnus roseus) but this time I walked to an area of waste ground behind Dia but didn't get any views of the Starlings but could hear them so I walked up the road and crossed to the other side of the railway line and look into the conifers from the other side and some had Rosy, Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) in the trees.
Rosy Starling (Estornino Rosado / Sturnus roseus).
Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
In the same area I also saw Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
My next stop was at a Playa de Riazor where I had a nice view across to the Torre de Hércules but with Information from
Cosme Damián I found what I was looking for on the rocks much closer to me, down below the sea wall I found at least 12 Purple Sandpipers (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima) along with several Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), 3x Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Shag (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).
Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).
Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).
Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).
Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).
Just up the coast I made another stop where I checked through a flock of Gulls on Playa de Alba but I only found the usual species,
Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
I also saw
Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and a Peacock (Aglais io) butterfly.
Egyptian Goose (Ganso del Nilo / Alopochen aegyptiaca).
My last stop of the day was at Encoro de Cecebre where I checked a couple of spots and found a couple of
Egyptian Geese (Ganso del Nilo / Alopochen aegyptiaca), 6x Great Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba), Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca) and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) before returning to my accommodation.

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