I have now been to Spain every year since 2006, but always go in August (except in April 2008), so this was the first trip in May.
Xon's Platja hotel and hired an Opel Corsa from Europcar, both of which being completely adequate for our needs
There was an almost complete lack of any mud so Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Black-winged Stilt constituted the only waders.
I visited Nuria with my dad, back in 2010. The weather back then was distinctively horrific with almost constant mist up at the hotel and constant torrential rain and lightning on the walk down the valley. Annoyingly, 2012 saw very similar weather, which prevented us from walking down the valley to target Wallcreeper. There were regular breaks in the mist, so was able to some birding in patches on the top.
I picked up several singing Ring Ouzel and Water Pipit, as well as Rock Bunting, Rock Thrush, Wheatear, Citirl Finch, Common Crossbill, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Griffon Vulture, Crag Martin, Dipper and Raven. The regular mist cover didn't allow for much Raptor scanning, but just as we had lost hope and were waiting to board the train down the valley, I caught sight of a shape in the corner of my eye. My heartbeat increased as I got my first view on it, as massive wings and a huge diamond-shaped tail revealed the unmistakable shape of my first ever LAMMERGEIER. What a fantastic bird...the single bird of the trip for me.
On the train down, I knew which rock face to look for Wallcreeper so that's what I did. As we passed the Torrent de Fontable, I picked up movement on one of the cliff faces. I lifted my bins and saw a small bird 'flicking' its wings revealing penetratingly scarlet colouration. This could only be one thing...my first WALLCREEPER!
I visited Vilaut a second time, because I had visited a local sightings blog in an Internet cafe and discovered three RED-FOOTED FALCONS were present on the reserve. A second visit here saw distant views of two bird (male and female) which were certainly acceptable.
In addition to the shearwaters, I got my best views ever of Black-eared Wheatear and Tawny Pipit.
diomedea Cory's Shearwater