|Nightingale in song|
We were off to the coast and started by scanning Etang de Vendres. Predictably Little and Cattle Egrets and Grey Herons were at their nests. Otherwise we only noted 2 Marsh Harriers and a pair of Red-crested Pochards. We moved on to Lespignan and flushed a Purple Heron on arrival. We watched 2 Short-toed Eagles one of which landed on the ground giving amazing views. A Water Rail called loudly and then the wonderful booming of a Bittern.
|Great views of this Short-toed Eagle on the ground|
We then headed for Pissevache via the Lesser Kestrel reintroduction site and at least 6 birds were in attendance. Pissevache rarely disappoints and today was no exception. The two tern islands held about 120 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and a single blushing pink Slender-billed Gull. A single Kentish Plover was present as well as 6 Black-winged Stilts and c60 Avocets. A Greenshank and c20 Redshanks were also there the latter resplendent in breeding plumage. Another pair of Red-crested Pochards were on the sewerage ponds.
|Redshank in breeding plumage|
We then carried on down to Gruissan. The vineyards again produced a super male Black-eared Wheatear but not much else except at the lagoon by the Telephone Museum. There were 4 Gargarney again but this time 2 pairs. After that it was back home to hear the disastrous news that Norwich had succumbed 6-1 to Manchester City.