Sunday 16 January 2022

Santoña area, Cantabria and Fuente de Nava, Palencia Province, Spain.

A bit of a Goose day.
Ebird List for Fuente de Nava.

Common Pochard x Ferruginous Duck (Aythya ferina x nyroca).
I started the day with a good breakfast at the hotel and the went back to Molino de Santa Olaja and Casa de las Mareas hoping to see the Goosander (Serreta Grande / Mergus merganser) which I had missed yesterday but with the same results unfortunately but during my search I did find what looked like a Common Pochard x Ferruginous Duck (Aythya ferina x nyroca) which has been in the area for a while.
Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser).
Great Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba).
Also seen were Mute Swan (Cisne Vulgar / Cygnus olor), Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), Great Crested (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Great (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).
My next stop was south at Fuente de Nava in Palencia Province, here I parked at the Observatorio de Corralillos but it was quiet so I went down the road to Observatorio del Pradowhere I scanned the visible pools seeing Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) and as I scanned back towards the other hide I picked up a flock of Greylags which landed near there so I drove back down again but not before I found 33 Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda) back by the car
Barnical Geese (Barnacla Cariblanca / Branta leucopsis).
Pink-footed Goose (Ánsar Piquicorto / Anser brachyrhynchus).
Pink-footed Goose (Ánsar Piquicorto / Anser brachyrhynchus).
Snow Goose (Ánsar nival / Anser coerlescens).
Snow Goose (Ánsar nival / Anser coerlescens).
I set the scope up and scanned through the flock and soon found the fist of several Barnical Geese (Barnacla Cariblanca / Branta leucopsis) x17, Greater White-fronted Geese (Ánsar Careto / Anser albifrons) x46 and as more and more Greylags arrived I found a single Pink-footed Goose (Ánsar Piquicorto / Anser brachyrhynchus) and a blue morph Snow Goose (Ánsar nival / Anser coerlescens) which had been coming in with the Greylags.
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).

Other species seen before I headed off to Silos to see how friend Santi was doing included Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia), Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), a smart male Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus) and several Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Eurasian Eagle Owl (Búho Real / Bubo bubo).
On my way to Santi's I had two
Eurasian Eagle Owls (Búho Real / Bubo bubo) sat on wooded cable posts between Quintana del Puente and Lerma on the N-622.

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