Back from a fabulous trip to Catalonia, Spain centred around the Ebro Delta. Our second tour here and the first in autumn to catch up with migrant passerines, waders, herons, raptors and scarce resident species. It didn’t disappoint and it was a delight to see well over 6000 GLOSSY IBIS plus PURPLE HERONS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, LITTLE BITTERNS, WESTERN SWAMPHEN, SQUACCO HERONS and hundreds of GREATER FLAMINGOES around the rice-fields and saltpans.
Other species of note included TEMMINCK’S & LITTLE STINTS, WOOD SANDPIPERS, BLACK-WINGED STILTS, KENTISH PLOVER plus CASPIAN, WHISKERED, LITTLE & SANDWICH TERNS. Great views were had of AUDOUIN’S GULLS and OSPREY & WESTERN MARSH HARRIER were the most common raptors seen.
A trip to the Els Ports National Park gave us a change of scenery and here we found GRIFFON VULTURES, SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE, WOODLARKS, EUROPEAN PIED FLYCATCHER, singing CIRL BUNTING, RED-RUMPED SWALLOW and migrating EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARDS heading south.
It was a delight to see EURASIAN WRYNECK plus up to four BLUETHROAT and 12 EURASIAN PENDULINE TITS in the scrub during our final morning plus TAWNY PIPIT and EURASIAN HOOPOE.
Of course, there was lots of other wildlife to be seen including MONTPELLIER SNAKE and an amazing array of butterflies including EUROPEAN SWALLOWTAIL, LONG-TAILED BLUE, LANG’S SHORT-TAILED BLUE plus STRIPED, TREE and GREAT BANDED GRAYLINGS. The wetlands were alive with dragonflies such as SCARLET & RED-VEINED DARTERS, LESSER EMPERORS and the delightful VIOLET DROPWING.
Our hotel was ideally situated for all the birding sites and being renowned for its food and wine, we certainly didn’t go hungry or thirsty!