Spring arrivals part 2

Here is the second part of the first arrival dates for migrant birds arriving in the Lleida area this spring:

  • Alpine Swift Apus melba 16-Mar
  • Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 16-Mar
  • Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica 16-Mar
  • Little Stint Calidris minuta 17-Mar
  • Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 17-Mar
  • Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 17-Mar
  • Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 19-Mar
  • Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 21-Mar
  • Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 21-Mar
  • Cuckoo 29-Mar
  • Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinoides 29-Mar
  • Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli 30-Mar
  • Swift Apus apus 31-Mar
  • Dunlin Calidris alpina 01-Apr
  • Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 01-Apr
  • Wryneck Jynx torquilla 03-Apr
  • Great Reed Warbler Acr. arundinaceus 03-Apr
  • Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii 04-Apr
  • Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus 04-Apr
  • Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata 04-Apr
  • Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 06-Apr
  • Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos 06-Apr
  • Quail Coturnix coturnix 06-Apr
  • Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 06-Apr
  • Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus 07-Apr
  • Black Tern Chlidonias niger 08-Apr
  • Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 08-Apr

Of these the only bird that seems to be “offtime” is the Red-footed Falcon, which in my experience normally makes its appearance at the beginning of May, virtually a month later than the date recorded here for this species.

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