Birding day trip Salses – La Salanque April 2024

A male Ferruginous duck was today’s highlight!

The day started with the group exploring the edge of the Salses lagoon with salt marsh, some filtration ponds (always good for birding) and the reed beds. A range of waders were found and a splendid male Ferruginous was the morning’s highlight and a lifer for some in the group.

Then a complete change for some steppe habitat just inland, which added Greater short-toed lark, Crested lark and Corn bunting to the list. The day finished with an area where we were hoping to see the first Roller and Little owl – but we dipped on both…  A group of migrating White stork, Black kite, Red kite and two Stone curlews saved the day!


You can read or download the trip report with bird list here.

Day trip Ouveillan – Capestang March 2022

 Day trip 3rd March 2022 – Ouveillan & Capestang

Guide of the day: Karline Martorell accompanied by Philippa Benson
Participants: 7
Weather conditions: Good weather, partly cloudy with a light wind. Temps ranging from 10°C to 18°C.

Highlights of the day: Iberian grey shrike, Purple swamphen, Black kite, Black stork, White stork, Bonelli’s eagle

The variety of habitats within such a short distance of each other, offer a wide variety of birds in  a small area. The open agricultural land near Ouveillan are good habitat for Iberian shrike, but they are only present in small numbers and are quite shy, so finding them requires eagle eyes and finely tuned hearing!

The vast reed beds of the étang de Capestang offer, for their part, good habitat for a vast range of species – from small passerines on a migratory halt, to storks and flamingo moving through, but also predators looking for an easy snack!

Just click on the link below to read or download the detailed trip report and bird list.


Trip report and bird list 2022.03.03 – Ouveillan & Capestang


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