My house is in Oliva and a visit to the beach revealed some activity though mid-winter is a weak time for many waders and terns.
Audouin's gull (left) and sandwich tern (right)
Luckily on a set of rocks were several Audouin's gull. This species has a relatively small geographic distribution across parts of the Mediterranean.
Audouin's gull with sandwich terns
The only tern which stays in the Mediterranean in the winter in any numbers is sandwich tern. There were also several of these.
Audouin's gull is medium-large and is distinctive. It's essentially dark red bill and grey legs rule out anything else in an adult bird. I have only ever seen this bird at Farwa on the Libyan border with Tunisia before. It is a rare visitor there in winter.
The same set of rocks held a single adult yellow-legged gull.
I had hoped to find a Mediterranean gull but the related black-headed gull was as close as I could get.
Waders were few.
Four sanderling were feeding at the water's edge.
sanderling taking off
Sanderling's upper wing pattern is quite distinctive. It has wide white wing bar bordered almost black.
On my return to the rocks on my way home, great cormorant another species sharing the rocks with the gulls and terns.
It is always interesting to bird in a different area to where you are used to. This was pleasant. However my birding on land in the Oliva area was more varied. I will blog about that next.