Three Dunlins

Three Dunlins

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Marsh sandpiper in the ricefields!!

The other day a had the oportunity to go to Arguedas village or properly said to its ricefields that selter and important ornitofauna and in august is a very good place to observe waders (not always!).

The discovery by JC Lorenzo of a Marsh sandpiper, a very rare wader in my province Navarra, was the extra motivation to make the journey.

Of course, once there I enjoyed  with the rest of the birds and waders of the surroundings....

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis).

Third historic record in my province.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

It remainds me like mix of Black winged stilt and wood sandpiper.

Wood sandpiper having a quick bath in presence of the Marsh sandpiper.

The whole body must stay clean and properly mantained for the hard migration.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

After the bath there is a time for the feather arrangement.

Common sandpiper(Actitis hypoleuca)

Perfect camuflage for those rice fields, the common sandpiper.

I counted more than a dozen Little ringed plovers.

I discovered this Snipe (common) when it rose up after its nap.

Comparison between Wood and Marsh sandpiper.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Its the third historic record for my province (Navarra) and the discoverer was JC Lorenzo.

Marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis).

I think that this bird is advancing to its first winter plumage.

Cattle egrets with Black winged stilts.

I only saw one little stint, this one.

Bat boxes in old telephone posts.( There are more than twenty).

Always nice to help them and a good  ally against the mosquitoes.

And now pics made with the phone handhold and my telescope:

Hard to see but there are eight Ruffs here....

Three Black tailed godwits having a refreshing bath in the cloudy and warm afternoon.

I didn't expect to observe so many Lapwings (I counted around eighty).

One of the many BWstilts that were present there. Many of them were juveniles born here.

The definitive "tool" for proper waderwatching.

One juvenile Dunlin resting in the middle of the ricefield ( I saw only a pair).

Marsh sandpiper in quick feeding action.

Saludos a tod@s!

Pictures taken:15/08/17

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The last day of july.....


Yesterday in the last day of july I saw nine wader species (ten in total and sadly missed a little stint in the afternoon...) in my local patch Zolina reservoir. As usual in this place not big numbers of those only one and twos.

But I was lucky with a pair of Curlew sandpipers, the first ones of the year, and a kentish plover that my mate Mikelgar discovered in the morning ( a local raritie here and also the first for Zolina this year and in Navarra).

Here I post a testimonial pic of the sandpiper (moulting to winter).

Lets see how it goes this month of august, one of the most interesting here!!

Calidris ferruginea.(310717)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A few waders in Deltebre.....

Hi !

I have been for holidays in Deltebre (Delta of Ebro river) in the Catalunian province of Tarragona  with my family for almost two weeks having two afternoons to go birding for a while.

As always it has been very interesting with many bird species that are very rare in my hometown such as flamingoes and ibises. 

Talking about waders I must admit that I didn't expect such high numbers of a few species due to the early dates (middle of July) but it was clear that the returning pass has started with strenght.

I wish I could go to this magnificient place for waders in august or september but familiar and work responsabilities don't alow me such luxury.

I saw  18 species,highlightining six turnstones, but I missed the Grey phalarope (local rarity) that appeared while I was in the beach with my soons. I tried to localize it, but I wasn't succesfull even if it lingered around  for about five days  (the Delta is huge with  many adecuate places for the bird).

The Kowa prepared to scope any detail in the horizon.

Three Black tailed godwits gave me the official welcome to the estuary.

Grey plovers (22ex) with some bar tailed godwits in between.

The redshanks were by far with the  territorial Black winged stilts the most numerous shorebirds.

A record photo for me with nine wood sandpipers together!!

I have seen them always in ones and twos.

At dusk and when the hopes of seeing one was vanising, five fast flying pranticoles appeared.

One adult heading the flight and the youngster following. This species breeds in the delta.

A solitary BWS was feeding frantically in the shallow marshes.

The first afternoon I saw only one ruff. In the next visit in another place I counted around 40.

The magnificient views of the observatory were you can enjoy with countless opportunities.

A lapwing in a well know site were there is lawn/grass culture . An oasis in the heart of the park.

 This is a special place without rice fields were many waders gather and gives ocassional rarities.

Whimbrel in the middle of the meadow.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sanderlings in Pitillas.

Last thuesday I went to Pitillas reservoir, a famous a valuable site in the middle zone of Navarra.

The climate conditions weren't the best ones but due to the lack of time that I have lately for birding I had no chance of changing the schedule.

Mild showers and increasing winds received me in the reservoir's parking, so I took a sweater and my Kowa 88 scope and headed to my observation points.

It had rained previously and I saw a few water poddles on the path but I it wasn't on my planes to visit de wadder traditional sites because they were  dried out for sure.

I started looking the shoreline when a group of wadders  feeding on the floatting weeds call my atention. They were quite a few , something not usual here.

I headed to that point to observe closer the birds and they were sanderlings and a nice band of twenty two!! a very good record here (there is only one more observation with more individuals, it was back in 2007 with 50 birds- R.Rodriguez ).

A nice group of sanderlings feeding in the weeds. The light conditions were very poor.

In the first view the solitary dunlin that was among them helped my as a yardstick to evaluate the size of the other waders around ( I doubted two secs with little stints with nuptiale feathers).

Redshanks (20 birds) flying around my position with their fluttering voices.

I saw a fast crossing group of birds in the distance. Rapidly a I took a record shot and realized that they were ringed seemed that it was a good day for migration (the last impulses I suposse because we are already in advanced month of May).

Sanderlings  ready to "land" in a floatting area of weeds a floating vegetation.

That's all for today -;)

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Poor numbers in the reservoir.

Good afternoon:

Today,14/05/17, I made my second visit to zolina and I soon detected a few waders in th tiny West island (with no water becomes a Peninsula...).

I headed to the shore to observe the group from  a better distance and I counted seven Ringed plovers and a solitary Dunlin.

The prenuptial season is fading and poor numbers till the moment at the area, as an example :

  • Zero Avocets
  • Zero Knots
  • Zero Turnstones
  • Zero Spotted redshank
  • Zero Kentish plover
  • Zero Curlews
  • Zero Bar tailed godwit
  • Zero Curlew sandpiper
  • One litte stint!!

I hope things change a little in the forthcoming days .......will see!

Small group cleanning their feathers.

I saw also a Little ringed plover and a Redshank .

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A few waders in San Sebastian.

Good morning!!

The past 30 of april I made a visit to my family in San Sebastian /Donostia (Basque country) a wonderfull city in the Northern coast of Iberian peninsula , famous for his culinary aspects and precious buildings.

Anyway I had another intention fot that day, and my aim was to check the riverside of Urumea river that ends up into the Cantabric ocean, if I had enough time between my familiar responsabilities.

I had luck because the tide was low at my arrival and the good feeding areas with some sand a many rock blocks appeared to the delight of the few waders (and gulls) that were present at that moment.

Those are my best shots:


Very confident bird. I only saw one individual. Took a record shot and let him alone....


Another confident bird. There are many pedestrians at both sides of the river and birds get used to it.

A Common sandpiper. I didn`t expect this bird here in the intertidal area, so close to the ocean....


I was happy to see a group of eight birds close to the wall. In a second all of them flew away to the sea.

View of the Urumea's rivermouth in San sebastian/Donostia.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Three Whimbrels in Zolina

Good morning!

Last wednesday (26/04/17)  the reservoir was quite interesting with a few wader species lingering around. The star of the visit was a group of three wimbrels in the east coast.
Is the first time since 1989 that this quantity is shown here.
The record in the reservoir is five individuals back in 1977!!
Sadly the numbers are decreasing and in the last decade in some years there has been only one visit with a single bird....

Three whimbrels - Zolina - 26/04/17

Other waders:

12 BW stilts
16 Common sandpipers
06 Dunlins
06 Little RP
04 Rplovers
01 Greenshank
03 Redshank