|One of the 41 Short-toed Eagles passing over our house|
Inspired by the morning experience I set off for the Gruissan area. Between Cesseras and Olonzac a splendid Southern Grey Shrike sat on a snag by the roadside.
|Southern Grey Shrike|
I headed first for the wet meadows at Le Petit Tournebelle because I had been tipped off the 2 Pectoral Sandpipers had been there for a few days. After a lot of searching through the telescope I found one Pectoral amongst about 10 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Ruff and 3 Snipe. On another meadow the Glossy Ibis was still with the egrets. Coming out of the meadows I counted 25 White Storks and a single Black Stork in the rice fields.
I then moved on to the salt pans at Gruissan. There were still 200 Greater Flamingos and still a good show of waders. In all I discovered c60 Dunlin, c20 Little Stints,6 Avocets, 2 Redshanks, 2 Sanderlings, Curlew Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit and Greenshank. There were also 12 Shelducks. As I left a Sparrowhawk flew over and 2 Marsh Harriers made my total to 10 for the afternoon.
A great day for watching migrating birds.