Cap de Nau nr. Javea – Nigel Bentley

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I’ve just returned from a seawatch session at the Cap La Nau headland. There were two excellent sightings of male Whitethroat and male Common Redstart, with two Great White Egrets seen heading north. The resident pair of Peregrine Falcon was seen several times during my time there. Unusually for this viewpoint only 13 Balearic Shearwater were recorded during the session, with no sign of Cory’s Shearwater as yet. Other species seen were Sardinian Warbler, European Robin, European Serin, European Greenfinch, Blue Rock Thrush and Audouin’s Gull. There were too many Pallid Swifts to count!

A final point of interest was the presence of a “gang” of about 20 Yellow legged Gulls, loitering over the sea about 100-200 metres out, picking off small migrants as they were trying to make landfall. I saw this occur on eight occasions during a three-hour session, with only four of the eight small birds successfully running the gauntlet.