Salt Lakes Of The Mar Menor

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


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.