Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Birder's Bonus 111

Along with occassional Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), which are not birds, on the ferry crossing between Portsmouth and Santander I spotted a Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) hitching a ride whilst Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) got down to serious work. In the Douro region of Northern Portugal, Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), Great tit (Parus major), Pied wagtail (Motacilla alba) and Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) were much in evidence. Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) plied their trade on the river. On the return, on the coast near Santander a Black wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) was vocal.

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