In these Holly Week, I made some work for the new Atlas of nesting birds in Spain, coordinated by S.E.O (and by S.G.O. in our country). Today, after a visit to Taraza fields, I went to my dear lagoon, where I could confirm that birds has begun to settle there. Most important this morning were:
- 15 Black-winged Stilts (Himantops himantopus). This elegant wader has become a common visitant on Spring pass. Years ago was a perfect rarety here. These 15 individuals are the highest number I know.
Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus)
- 1 Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
- 1 Eurasian Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria). I think his wide black coloured belly and face is typical on northern subspecies (P. apricaria apricaria).
Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) with breeding plumage
- 30 Dunlins (Calidris alpina). How many Dunlins will appear this year? 300? 3000? Coming soon we´ll know it.
- 1 Possible Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea). Maybe was a Dunlin of nominal subspecies (C.a.alpina). I hope some expert can help.
Dunlins (Calidris alpina)
Possible Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea, left)
-1 Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
- 2 Little Terns (Sterna albifrons). They were far from my position (400 meters) and only could take a bad photo for register.
Various kinds of waders
Little Terns (Sterna albifrons)
From now, and till the end of May, I think is best time for waching birds (and waders speciffically) in A Frouxeira lagoon. Bichos will be there, of course.