We began in Gruissan by checking out the salt pans. We soon discovered about 30 Little Stints, 20 Kentish Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers and a solitary Dunlin. Several Sandwich Terns were overhead and c200 Greater Flamingos including good numbers of juveniles. A superb Kingfisher also flew by before we left.
|Male Kentish Plover|
Moving on to Le Petit Tournabelle we looked over the wet meadows which looked in splendid condition for lots of waders. Sadly we only found 10 Wood Sandpipers and 4 juvenile Black-winged Stilts. There were also plenty of Little Egrets, 3 Great White Egrets and a White Stork. The meadows were also full of Blue-headed Wagtails.
|Juvenile Black-winged Stilts|
Next stop was at Mandirac where I wandered into the reeds to check out the lagoons. There were a couple more Wood Sandpipers, 2 Lapwings, a solitary Black-tailed Godwit and c30 Snipe. Nine White Storks passed by overhead and whilst my back was turned Beryl enjoyed an over flying Osprey.
|One of 9 White Storks passing overhead|
Back home in the garden this evening there were 4 Black Redstarts, Common Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher.