Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crazy Crane day

Today was a very cold and windy day. It snowed in the Pyrenees and the winter temperatures dominated all day.
Because of this situation, thousands of Common Cranes (Grus grus) apeared in migration around Catalunya, specially all along the coastline.

I take some information from about the "Crane invasion":

- +10.800 observations in a single day!
- Look at the map: in yellow the sightings of 28-10 and in red, the 29-10 observations:
All information --> Source:

At the morning I was in l'Aiguamoll de la Bòbila another time. I saw 9 Common Teals (Anas crecca), a female Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), a Redwing (Turdus iliacus), +40 Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) and +70 Common Linnets (Carduelis cannabina) as the most interesting birds.

Later, I went woth Jordi Comellas to La Corbatera, where we didn't saw anything special. Just when we were talking about the Crane's 'invasion', we saw a group of 39 birds flying, in migration. We could take some photos.
Eurasian Cranes (Grus grus)
Later, we visited a sunflower land in order to look for some Fringillidae. We saw +100 Common Linnets (Carduelis cannabina), lots of Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs), Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), Serins (Serinus serinus), 2 Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) and also some White Wagtails (Motacilla alba). It's a good place to expect a Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret), or maybe a Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)...

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