Bird´s route: Sada beach and meadowlands

Located in the centre of Sada itself, these natural spaces make a visit to this town a must for all birders.

Ornithological interest

In winter, Sada’s sea promenade offers a surprising spectacle of coastal species. In turn, As Brañas wetlands is home to a large number of birds that are traditionally found in Galicia’s seashore forests. Early in 2020, a local government initiative secured its provisional declaration as a Natural Space of Local Interest (ENIL in its Galician initials) by the regional autonomous government (Xunta de Galicia).

Phenology

Mid-winter is the best time to visit Sada beach. As for As Brañas, it is a delightful spot at any time of year.

What to see

  • To visit Sada beach, simply head towards the sands, without actually going down to the shore. In the colder months, you will be able to Spot Mallards and Gadwalls, Common Pochards and various species of Gulls (Black-headed, Mediterranean, Yellow-legged, Lesser Black-headed and Mew), Sandwich Terms, Little Egrets, European Spoonbills, Red-throated Loons, Mute Swans, Ruddy Turnstones, Razorbills… and that’s just for starters! If you look further out, towards the middle of the ria, you will be able to spot large numbers of Black Scoters.
  • As for the wetlands, although the central sections are inaccessible, you can walk around the perimeter starting from the centre of Sada, close to the football field and Avenida de A Coruña or Rúa Tejeras. As you stroll among the trees, look out for species such as the Eurasian Teal or the Grey Heron, as well as Long-tailed, Great and Blue Tits. In spring you can also see Iberian Chiffchaffs, and in winter Common Chiffchaffs and Common Sandpipers. There are also large numbers of Eurasian Blackcaps and Robins, and Sparrowhawks are also a frequent sight.

Getting there, accessibility and recommendations

The facilities at Sada beach include a large car park. The town can also be reached by bus: there are frequent services from A Coruña. For details of bus times, call A Coruña bus station on 981 184 335.

Resources

On the sea promenade backing the beach, you will find a number of information panels with details of the birds that can be seen here. Sada Town Hall’s website also includes information about As Brañas wetlands:https://www.sada.gal/es/conoce-sada/descubre/as-branas-de-sada the Mar de Sada website is also a useful source of information: http://mardesada.com/que-visitar/biodiversidad/ If you’re planning a circular ornithological tour of the wetlands, check outhttps://www.baiasantacruz.org/gl/roteiro/itinerario-a-pe-1-branas-de-sada

Nearby sites of ornithological interest

The jetty in Sada harbour is resting place for various species of waders at high tide.

Birds of the Mariñas

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Andarríos chico
Scolopacidae
It is a small bird with fairly short legs and dark yellow feet.
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Common coalman
Paridae
It has yellow breast in contrast to the bluish tail and wings.
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Back common stone
Scolopacidae
It has a compact body, with its short legs, neck and beak. The legs have an intense orange coloration.
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Common correlimos
Scolopacidae
It is a medium-sized bird with a dark bill and legs.
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Martin common fisherman
Alcedinidae
Bright bluish green above, orange brown underneath.
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Curruca capirotada
Sylviidae
Curruca de tamaño medio, de aspecto robusto y de una tonalidad grisácea en general.
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European Robin
Turdidae
The plumage of the chest and face are orange.
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European aquatic mirlo
Cinclidae
Aquatic blackbirds are medium-sized plump birds, short tails and rather small wings.
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Common Zampullin
Podicipedidae
In the breeding season it has a bridal plumage in which the throat and neck stand out red, with a yellow spot on the membranous part of the base of the bill.
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Real Zarapito
Scolopacidae
The head of the Royal Zarapito is quite uniform in color.

Other places to visit:

Sada terrace.

“Pintor Lloréns” As Mariñas Impressionist Route.

Fontán fishing quarter.

Pazo de Meirás manor house.

PR-G 96 Mariñán – Costa Doce Route.

Useful telephone numbers and addresses:

For tide times and weather forecasts, visit the Meteogalicia website at www.meteogalicia.gal . For details of bus times, call A Coruña bus station on 981 184 335

Emergency services: 112

Sada Town Hall: 981 620 075

Sada Tourist Information Office: Avenida da Mariña, s/n. Sada Tel: 981 189 952 oficinadeturismo@concellodesada.com