Birds, though, are not only on the sea: all coastal wetlands undergo an extraordinary month with dozens of species of water birds from the far north
One of the most spectacular species is the eurasian spoonbill, which can be found in small groups or in large flocks in the Enseada de O Vao in O Grove where most will stay for the winter. Alongside them one can see nearly all species of waders that can be found in Galicia, ducks and herons, such as the grey heron, little egret and great egret. Outstanding places include the Rías de Ribadeo and Foz, a Ría de Ortigueira, the Ría do Burgo, a Ponteceso estuary, in Costa da Morte, O Grove, A Ramallosa in Baiona and Cabo Silleiro and the Miño estuary in A Guarda.
There is a wader which, curiously, is not often seen in wetlands, but rather in open, flat areas in the mid-mountains
Hailing from the far north, the eurasian dotterel may make stops lasting a few days in some parts of Galicia although their presence is not well known; the best places to find it are the Serra do Suído and Serra da Capelada around the Ría de Ortigueira and Cariño.
From virtually anywhere, even in the cidades, another bird with an amazing migratory behaviour can be found: the northern wheatear. It comes to Galicia directly from far away places, such as the British Isles, Iceland or even Greenland. This month, these small but striking birds are everywhere, especially in open habitats in coastal and mountainous areas. Other small migratory species such as the eurasian wryneck, european pied flycatcher, the whinchat, and willow warbler may also be seen at any point in Galicia.