El Clot – David Roe

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After dropping off my brother at the airport, I spent the morning at El Clot de Galvany. Most of the usual suspects were there at the Charca de Anátidas pond nearest the visitor’s’ car park. Shoveler, Teal, Purple Swamphen, White-headed Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Little Egret and a solitary male Pochard. The nearby pond, Charca Limícolas, has been cleared and was devoid of birds. I decided to do the circular walk (Ruta 2 on the map of the reserve) past the Charca Central, Charca Norte and Charca Sur. Black Redstarts and Serins were everywhere, but I also saw White Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Hoopoe, Stonechat, Southern Grey Shrike, Sardinian Warbler and a female Whinchat (prominent supercilium, so no mistake) and Green Woodpecker. As for raptors, I saw several Kestrels, plus Marsh Harrier and Booted Eagle. The majority of birds to be seen were in the vicinity of the two main ponds, but the circular walk was very pleasant. If you want to combine birding with a good walk, I recommend it.