Another Catalonia Trip

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30th September 2015


Our visits to Barcelona are mainly to family and this was the first opportunity to meet our new granddaughter - Alba - a common name in Spain and Catalonia meaning Dawn, but which has obvious scottish connotations. At two months old she is too young to go twitching but the local hotspots at Llogrebrat are always worth a visit. A day trip up the coast to Aguamolls was probably spoilt because of low water levels. Despite restricted time I managed to find some 83 species, no 'lifers' but I added a few to my Catalonia list which now stands at 208. A constant stream of migrants moves along the coast at Barcelona spending time in the cover at Llogrebat and Common Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers were present every day and I managed to find Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler. Two juvenile Red-backed Shrikes were a bonus and amongst the other highlights were Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Penduline Tit, Goshawk, Alpine Swift and a nice male Hen Harrier. The local hides are excellent for photography and there is a selection of images in the 'overseas' section of the Gallery.