It does exist!

18 03 2012

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths. “

– Muhammad Ali

Migration is my religion since the day I saw my firsts ruffs at Llobregat Delta, when I was 10. That sentence can sound so nerd, but when I wish something, it uses to be related with that phenomenon. Spring and fall are my favourites seasons, while bushes surrounding a partially wet area is my favourite landscape.

The day started with some local birds. I saw my firsts laurel pigeons in display flight, these birds are simply stunning! In the same slope, an insularum common buzzard patroled the area just before 2 Bolle’s pigeon flushed into the denseness. In this moment, we had already seen large amounts of swifts entering from the see but maybe the turning point of the day was when a couple of tourist ask us about taking a picture of themselves. While Beneharo was taking the picture, an alpine swift passed throw, mixed in an heterogeneous flock of swifts and swallows. They were mainly plain swifts, but we managed to find (apart from the alpine) some common and pallid.

After having checked some ponds without any kind of luck, we reached the famous Charca de Erjos where lots of swallows were feeding on flies and mosquitos. There was at least 2 red-rumped swallow, a sand martin and the rest of commoner species. Reedbeds and bushes were plenty of chiffchaffs, mainly willow warbler but also some common and an iberian.

We realized it had to be lunch time since we were extremely hungry. We ate nice local meal while thousands of swifts kept on passing throw. It was charm and birds seemed to be so quiet, so we spend the following hours at the pine forest crown, looking for blue finches. There was only a nice male, maybe because the area was crowded.

Later on, already in the north of the island, the only migrating waterbird was a spotted crake, although the ponds were plenty of willow warblers. We decided to focus on that and went to a rubbish dump. It was strange for me to go to a rubbish dump to look for passerines instead of gulls. There was no gulls actually and lots of willow warlers were feeding on flies as Beneharo had predicted. Local birds were also present, especially spectacled warblers and Berthelot’s pipits. Maybe the most interesting birds were a sedge warbler and at least 2 iberian chiffchaffs. That species seems to be commoner than I had expected.

Our last stop was to see a female blue-winged teal present in the area for a long time. In the same place, there were at least 4 more sedge warblers and 5 tree pipits, one of them with a tick behind the eye. I still don’t know where are the yellow wagtails, the whitethroats, the shrikes… Too many species remaining to stay at home…

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