Salt Lakes Of The Mar Menor

Leader: Jose Manuel Escarabajal
Participants: PS, MLM, ABM, SR, ULM, FJEC, MD

CHECK LIST:

Greater Flamingo, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Yellow-legged Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Black headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Curlew, Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew sandpiper, Spoonbill, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Redshank, Blacktailed godwit, Turnstone, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Pied Wagtail, Spotless Starling, Swallow, Crested Lark, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Audouin’s Gull , Stone curlew.

On this placid autumn afternoon we started with the telescopes on the shoulder, at the ready for “The Encañizadas”. Walking down a narrow sand dune with the salt lakes to our left and the calm waters of the Mar Menor to our right, we come to our first section of interest we begin by observing Common Sandpiper, Little Stint, Curlew sandpiper and Little Grebe which all accumulate in this area with the arrival of winter. Also in this section appeared the first groups of Flamingos (bird semblema Natural Park).
After passing some old salt mills, typical of the region of Mar Menor, we enter the path that leads to the weirs: here a traditional fishing method constructed of a maze of reeds where fish are trapped, No one fishing today but you can see how they were made. In this next sector the number of birds increased significantly. Members of the group commented on the large flocks of Little Egret, Cormorant and numerous gulls, with more groups of flamingos and several other types such as Sandwich Tern, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, and Audouin’s Gull, the surprise of the day two Spoonbills …

Back in the first sector we discovered other wading pools typical habitat of Avocets and Black-winged Stilts mixed with Redshanks, Black tailed godwit, Shelduck and Grey Herons …
In the pine groves that lie between the salt marshes and beaches of the Mediterranean it was not difficult to observe the evolution of SardinianWarblers and Crested Larks. Already in the previous ponds along the coastal dunes appeared, among other things, the kingfisher, the Stone Curlew and some Ringed and Kentish Plovers. A large number of species were seen in this short walk that ended with the sun reflecting off the shallow waters of the salt in the late afternoon.

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Coastal Mountains

Route 3 Unknown Coast

Leader: Jose Manuel Escarabajal
Participants: PS, ML, MLM, DLM, IC., VH

CHECK LIST:
Kestrel, Crested Lark, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Black Redstart, Bonelli’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Yellow-legged Gull, Hoopoe, Sparrow hawk, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Crossbill, Crag Martin, Little Owl and Mouflon.

Half-day excursion in which we traveled about 14 kms on some of the more hidden paths of the Murcian coast, between coves and breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea.
The road started in an area of characteristic beauty with mosaic landscape: ramblers (dry streams untill it rains), dry farming (or traditional crops) and Mediterranean scrub, dotted with palmettos (small palm species), rosemary, thyme and cornicales( Periploca angustifolia). The flights of Crested larks and kestrels accompanied us during this stretch. The trail gradually gets closer to the coast and soon we see the first sea cliffs and peaks of the coastal range, there awaits the Bonelli’s Eagle and Peregrine Falcon, while in the bushes flitting about are Dartford warblers and Sardinian wrablers. This trail leads to the first coves, where the Mediterranean sea placidly strokes the sand. From here it is easy to see the tireless flight of Yellow-legged gulls in the air and resting amongst the rocky crags and creverses around us. Also we see the presence of the Black wheatears and Blue rock thrush. After passing through several coves and crystal clear waters taking a forest track which climbs up a rock cut between Aleppo pine forests (Pinus halepensis) to let us near the summit.The summit houses a military fortress that once defended the coast. Among the dense vegetation, a small herd of mouflon of Corsica (species of goat) watched us as curious, as us them. The Bonelli’s eagles and Peregrine Falcon re-apper to meet us circling above, and to round off the evening, a spectacular sunset over the southern coast of Murcia while in the distance we see a group of raptors in migration.