Saturday, 14 September 2013


We decided to have a look at the Leucate area.  En route we noted a couple of Sparrowhawks before looking at the muddy edges of the Etang by Port Leucate.  There were about 20 Ringed Plovers and 8 Kentish Plovers and a single Common Sandpiper.

Ringed Plover

We moved on to Cap Leucate which was very crowded given the fine weather and could only find 5 Wheatears, 3 Tawny Pipits and 2 Sardinian Warblers.  Le Franqui only produced 5 Little Egrets but there were small groups of Greater Flamingos at La Palme and Port Nouvelle.  At Bages a flock of 50 Great Flamingos were all juveniles.

Juvenile Greater Flamingo

Back home I watched a male Common Redstart, 40 Rock Sparrows and 20 Goldfinches drinking and bathing and 2 Red-rumped Swallows sat on overhead wires.

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