January 2010

During observations in the month of January we sighted a total of 81 bird species, three of these for the first time, raising the total species count from 195 to 198.

The presence of water birds remains constant over the winter months (October to January), suggesting that most of the species are committed to these specific wetlands, which obviously meet their everyday needs over a period of time. The population sizes are also significant, bearing in mind the relatively limited area of the wetlands: we sighted around 5,400 individual birds of 11 species (e.g. 2,950 coots, 755 teals, 690 wigeons, 285 shovelers, 170 gadwalls, etc.

It is worth noting the presence of two species threatened with global extinction, the Dalmatian pelican and pygmy cormorant, as well as the mute and whooper swans and two white-fronted geese. The presence of the Mediterranean gull is also deemed significant, since this species is usually sighted during migration.

In the sea it was relatively easy to sight small flocks of black-throated divers, red-breasted mergansers, Mediterranean shearwaters and Cory’s shearwaters.

The bad weather in January brought a number of species of passerines to lower altitudes than usual: among the species seen were the redwing, mistle thrush, calandra lark and siskin.

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