This small walk starts at Cruzinha (A ROCHA field study centre) and goes to the Ria de Alvor marsh. The track to the marsh goes between fields used for grazing or with old orchards, so it is possible to see species such as Cattle Egret, Azure-winged Magpie, Little Owl, Woodchat Shrike and Bee-Eater in spring. By the marsh, Stonechats and Crested Larks can be seen perched on fences. Black-winged Stilts are usually present in the marsh and they are very loud in spring when they have chicks.
At this time of the year, Kentish Plovers and Little Terns also nest in the marsh. If the tide is low, waders are feeding in the mudflats while people are collecting clams and cockles. If the tide is high, most of the waders are resting in the marsh: Dunlins, Sanderlings, Redshanks, Greenshanks, Whimbrels, Bar and Black-tailed Godwits, Ringed and Kentish Plovers. In winter, a few Caspian Terns can be seen with the Gulls. Early in the morning, a Black-winged Kite can be seen hunting and in the evening in winter, it is a Short-eared Owl.
Abandoned salt pans can be busy with waders and gulls if the water level is right. The last bit around the marsh is good to see passerines such as Corn Bunting, Zitting Cisticola, Linnet, Yellow Wagtail, Crested and Short-toed Lark, Stonechat and Chiffchaff. We walk back to Cruzinha on the same path as we came.
Also worth noticing that there are no extra costs (petrol or mileage)!
Duration: 3 h
Distance: 5 km
What is included?
Also, all taxes are already included in our prices. You just pay what is on the list.