Day 4 – Monday 1st March – a few bonus species before we say goodbye!
Despite a few misleading rays of sunshine, temps had dropped and heavy rain squalls moved in as per the forecast! However, breaks quickly appeared in the clouds and after saying our goodbyes to our delightful hosts we set off for a quick look down at some nearby marshes. With the van serving as a bit of a windbreak we managed to chalk up quite a decent list in under an hour, with several team members managing to spot Purple swamphen. Other ticks for this spot included White stork, Green woodpecker in a nearby tree, Great-crested grebe, Marsh harrier, Hen harrier, Grey heron.
Having seen Flamingo in the distance from the motorway on Friday, we decided to head down to the coast to see if we could get a closer look. But first a quick nip down to the beach provided Crested lark and the chance to investigate a group of Starling on the off chance there might be a Spotless one amongst them, but unfortunately not. A fishing boat was on its way back in and Steve managed to spot a Balearic shearwater amongst the myriad Yellow-legged gulls trailing behind. We looped back to Narbonne across the lagoons and were able to get a mid-distance views of some Flamingo and plenty of Black-headed gull trying to hunker down out of the wind. Across the canal de la Robine (emptied for repairs) and past the regional park boat repair yard, then into Narbonne for lunch at the covered market, sadly not its usual bustling self, as it is Monday. Then it was onto the motorway to battle strong winds and at times heavy rain to get everyone back to their departure points. It’s a good thing the weather had held off until now!
I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all! The accommodation and food were were both of a high standard, with our hosts proving to be extremely welcome and accommodating. As far as the birding is concerned, I think the team would agree that Wallcreeper, Lesser spotted woodpecker, Black woodpecker, Great spotted cuckoo and Iberian grey shrike were the highlights of the trip, and each of these were “lifers” for various members of the group.
Oh dear… the pressure will now be on for next year 😉
Winter Wallcreeper Weekend 2020 Bird list
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