It is a good time to visit the beaches and sheltered coastal areas
It is a good time to visit the beaches and sheltered coastal areas. Seabirds such as murre, black-necked grebe, great northern loon and red-breasted merganser can be found there. Good places include the middle section of the Ría de Ribadeo, Ría de Ortigueira and his neighbour that of Ladrido, the Ría de O Burgo, the Ponteceso estuary in A Costa da Morte, the intermediate section of the Ría de Muros and Noia, A Lanzada beach in O Grove, A Costa da Vela and Cabo Udra, the Ría de Vigo and A Guarda.
The Inland wetlands
Inland wetlands such as all the wetlands of Terra Chá also host dozens of species, particularly Anatidae such as eurasian teal and northern shoveler. In addition, snipes and grey heron can be seen. A few hours of patience will bear their fruit in other inland wetlands as the A Limia sand pits or reservoirs of San Martiño, Castrelo do Miño e Baixo Avia, Vilagudín and Vilasenín, Fervenza-Baíñas or the famed Abegondo-Cecebre.
A Terra Chá is the most suitable place to see a wintering bird nearly by definition: the lapwing which, if the cold sets in heavily in central and northern Europe, can reach staggering numbers. In addition, european golden plovers, fieldfares and redwings also make their way here.
In almost every meadow and pasture, especially in those that are wetter, it is easy to find a small bird that spends the winter in Galicia, the meadow pipit, with its characteristic calls.
Lastly, it could be thought that this month is very cold and unfavourable for certain birds that are assumed to be more frequent in spring or summer, as is the case of the common storks that returns -although it seems incredible- now in December -or even earlier- to its gradually occupied breeding grounds. The most conducive places to see them are A Terra Chá, the regions of Lugo and Sarria and A Limia. They defy the frost and even snow with great stoicism.