Monday, November 06, 2006

Marshes of Salburua

One of the cities of Spain, in which better it is lived, it is without a doubt Vitoria, and this also note in its environment.
For a long time a program has been designed to preserve, and to recover a green belt around the city, with diverse natural spaces.
One of them is the park of Salburua.

With access and parking very fast and easy, and very near of downtown, being able even to use the urban transport.
Once there, we were in an ample space of lagoons, marshes with its typical flora, and, of course, with its typical birds.
The two observatories, located and prepared very well.
A place that without a doubt there is to visit.
In only two hours, we could observe several species, including which often observing is made complicated, Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus).
The other observed species
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Moorhen(Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot (Fulica atra)

Green Sandpiper(Tringa ochropus)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Cetti's Warbler(Cettia cetti)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

Great Tit (Parus major)
Magpie (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

Friday, November 03, 2006

500 Vultures

Again, a visit to the rubbish dump of Villarcayo (Burgos) has supposed the observation of nearly 500 Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), one of the concentrations greater than I have seen, practically all in flight on the place. Other observed species have been Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (35), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) and Common Raven (Corvus corax) of which peculiarly there were very few individuals (15).