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Birding in the Ebro lands August 2007


Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus), Ebro Delta

Ebro Delta Nature Park and Ports Nature Park (2 days)

Group members: Sue and Peter Wilkes 

102 bird species recorded

Trip report written by Cristian Jensen Marcet

Ebro Delta and Ports August 2007

On the first day we went to the northern hemidelta and paid just a short visit to the southern part. To start with we went to Canal Vell, where we visited the biological station and the recovery centre. This place is normally closed to the public, but we went there to bring a Red-necked Nightjar that I had found the night before. It had been hit by a car and was still alive. It was not very injured, but the lower jaw was broken and the animal was a bit desconcertated, so we left it at the recovery centre where the veterinary took care of it. He then showed us the installations where they keep some injured and recovering birds such as Eagle Owl, Griffon Vulture, and Black Kite. From the tower there we saw several birds like Night Heron, Great White Egret, Great Crested Grebe, and Audouin's Gull.

We went on to the Fangar peninsula and the Bay of Fangar where we saw all the terns, gulls, and a beautiful butterfly, the Plain Tiger. After we passed the reserve of les Olles we went to have a sandwich, and after lunch we visited the Riet Vell nature reserve run by SEO/Birdlife. Our last stop before ending the day was at the Tancada lagoon.

On our next day out we went to the Port Nature Park. We visited several places with dramatic landscape, and we saw Griffon Vulture, Rock Bunting, Short-toed Treecreper, and lots of other birds. We were also very lucky with the Spanish Ibex and saw several individuals. First we saw only females and juveniles, but then in another valley we spotted 4-6 adult males with spectacular horns, at very close range. The butterflies were spectacular, among others we saw Scarce Swallowtail and Rock Grayling. After these two days we said goodbye, and Sue & Peter continued their holiday in the area.

Comments from Sue & Peter

Thank you for our two great days. It was such a contrast between the Ebro Delta and Ports and we really enjoyed both days. Not only did we see so many birds, butterflies and animals but also your knowledge of the environment made everything so much more vivid and enjoyable. We came away with a much better understanding of the unique Ebro Delta and the challenges it faces. We can barely believe the number of male ibex we spotted especially the one standing so close to the road. Thanks for a wonderful couple of days. You were great company and the best guide we could have had with your wide ranging knowledge and feel for the area.

Bird list from the Ebro Delta and Ports - August 2007

  • 1. Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus
  • 2. Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
  • 3. Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
  • 4. Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea
  • 5. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
  • 6. Great White Egret - Egretta alba
  • 7. Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
  • 8. Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
  • 9. Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
  • 10. Little Bittern - Ixobrychus minutus
  • 11. Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus
  • 12. Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus ruber
  • 13. Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
  • 14. Gadwall - Anas strepera
  • 15. Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina
  • 16. Eurasian Griffon Vulture - Gyps fulvus
  • 17. Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos
  • 18. Northern Goshawk - Accipiter gentilis
  • 19. Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus
  • 20. Common Coot - Fulica atra
  • 21. Purple Swamphen - Porphyrio porphyrio
  • 22. Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
  • 23. Eurasian Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus
  • 24. Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus
  • 25. Grey Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
  • 26. Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
  • 27. Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
  • 28. Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus
  • 29. Dunlin - Calidris alpina
  • 30. Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea
  • 31. Little Stint - Calidris minuta
  • 32. Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
  • 33. Spotted Redshank - Tringa erythropus
  • 34. Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
  • 35. Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
  • 36. Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
  • 37. Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
  • 38. Eurasian Curlew - Numenius arquata
  • 39. Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
  • 40. Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica
  • 41. Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincola
  • 42. Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus
  • 43. Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
  • 44. Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
  • 45. Audouin's Gull - Larus audouinii
  • 46. Slender-billed Gull - Larus genei
  • 47. Gull-billed Tern - Sterna nilotica
  • 48. Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis
  • 49. Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
  • 50. Little Tern - Sterna albifrons
  • 51. Black Tern - Chlidonias niger
  • 52. Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybridus
  • 53. Feral Pigeon - Columba livia feral
  • 54. Common Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus
  • 55. Eurasian Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
  • 56. European Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur
  • 57. Common Swift - Apus apus
  • 58. Alpine Swift - Apus melba
  • 59. Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
  • 60. European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
  • 61. Hoopoe - Upupa epops
  • 62. Crested Lark - Galerida cristata
  • 63. Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
  • 64. Northern House Martin - Delichon urbica
  • 65. Sand Martin - Riparia riparia
  • 66. Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava
  • 67. Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator
  • 68. Dunnock - Prunella modularis
  • 69. Great Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus arundinaceus
  • 70. Eurasian Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus
  • 71. Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
  • 72. Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
  • 73. Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
  • 74. Western Bonelli's Warbler - Phylloscopus bonelli
  • 75. Firecrest - Regulus ignicapillus
  • 76. Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata
  • 77. Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros
  • 78. European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
  • 79. Common Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos
  • 80. Blackbird - Turdus merula
  • 81. Crested Tit - Parus cristatus
  • 82. European Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus
  • 83. Coal Tit - Parus ater
  • 84. Great Tit - Parus major
  • 85. Short-toed Treecreeper - Certhia brachydactyla
  • 86. Winter Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
  • 87. Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius
  • 88. Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
  • 89. Northern Raven - Corvus corax
  • 90. Red-billed Chough - Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
  • 91. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
  • 92. Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
  • 93. Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
  • 94. Spotless Starling - Sturnus unicolor
  • 95. Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
  • 96. European Serin - Serinus serinus
  • 97. European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
  • 98. European Greenfinch - Carduelis chloris
  • 99. Eurasian Linnet - Carduelis cannabina
  • 100. Common Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra
  • 101. Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus
  • 102. Rock Bunting - Emberiza cia

Butterflies

  • 1. Swallowtail - Papilio machaon
  • 2. Scarce Swallowtail - Iphiclides podalirius
  • 3. Large White - Pieris brassicae
  • 4. Small White - Artogeia rapae
  • 5. Clouded Yellow- Colias crocea
  • 6. Cleopatra - Gonepteryx cleopatra
  • 7. Long-tailed Blue - Lampides boeticus
  • 8. Southern White Admiral - Limenitis reducta
  • 9. Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
  • 10. Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui
  • 11. Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia
  • 12. Spanish Marbled White - Melanergia ines
  • 13. Rock Grayling - Hipparchia alcyone
  • 14. Wall Brown - Lasiommata megera
  • 15. Plain Tiger - Danaus chrysippus

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