|Black Redstart taking shelter under the balconies of L'Escala|
|View from Punta Ventosa - A challenging encounter!|
The coasts of Catalonia are one of the few areas in the world where both Yelkouan and Balearic Shearwaters can be compared side by side. In the Girona N coast, however, Yelkouan (or at least Yelkouan-like) outnumber the concentrations of Balearic, particularly in spring. Now the question arises did I see Yelkouan today? Well quite probably! However, what I can tell you is that there were dozens of Shearwaters from our observation area and I can undoubtedly say yes to Cory's Shearwater and Balearic Shearwater but as to Yelkouan, lack of experience of the species, height of our observation area making it difficult to compare size and somewhat challenging conditions, who knows! However, while here European Shag and some excellent views of Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift and Common Swift! Another conundrum was a Falcon species which darted through, my first thoughts were Red-footed Falcon, which do pass here on migration or was it a Hobby? To quick and too fast!!
|Woodchat Shrike - On a day of few photo opportunities!|
An enjoyable but entirely frustrating day!