Este punto nos brinda una buena oportunidad para observar rálidos, especialmente gallineta de agua y rascón, más fácilmente observable en invierno. Tampoco resulta raro sorprender aquí al martín pescador. El ruiseñor bastardo también está presente, así como el mosquitero común y el escribano palustre, dos especies invernantes comunes.
Nada más cruzar el pequeño puente nos dirigiremos hacia la derecha, en paralelo a la acequia. Al poco ya se adivina la presencia de la laguna a la izquierda, con el mirador elevado en primer término. Si subimos, podemos contemplar una extensa panorámica de la laguna permanente y podremos hacernos una idea del recorrido que nos espera.
Desde aquí se pueden observar ya algunas de las aves más típicas de estos ambientes. Los azulones, zampullines y las gallinetas son frecuentes en el agua y en los margenes de las pequeñas isletas, y en los troncos de los chopos muertos resulta fácil localizar garcetas, garzas reales y cormoranes grandes.
This itineray starts on the train station parking. We have to go walking in South direction (to the church), by the street Passeig dels Estanys. In a few meters we will find a track without asphalting at left. There is an informative poster next to a small bridge. This is a a good place for moorhen, water rail, kingfisher and chifchaff and reed bunting, very commons everywhere in winter. Cross the bridge and turn right.
You will perceive the pond immediately, with the high platform at left. At the top, we can watch all the marsh extension. The species vary depending on the seasons, being the spring the best time. It is possible to observe common species like Grey heron, Little egret, Cormorant, Mallard, Moorhen and Little grebe.
Folllow the track. At left you will find little marshes, here is possible to watch herons and shorebirds. Next, we turn right (it's indicated), and found the first hidden viewpoint (hides). These viewpoints are good places for watching most of the birds. You can watch the small islands, where there are Purple heron, Little bittern and Night heron (at evening). Bittern and Great white egret are more frequent in autumn. It deserves special attention to watch the trunks of dead trees looking for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, common also in the woods of the surrounding area. These trunks also serve as innkeeper to Cormorants, Kites and Osprey.
American mink are common, but Otter is very scarce. During the spring is easy watch Europen pond terrapin, Spanish terrapin and the very common Red-eared Turtle.
When we have finalized the route around the lagoon, we will find a wood footbridge. This is a good place to try to watch Baillon's Crake, Little Crake and Spotter Crake (most frequent), in spring. In summer, Reed Warbler and Great Reed Warbler, and Bluethroat in autumn (also on pond vegetation).
Once we have passed the bridge we have thwo options: we can go rigth and return to the beggining, and if we go left we will rise the possibility of watching birds in the canal and find an interesting marsh area.
If we choose the second option we will continue walking at the right of the canal. Behind it we will see a large poplar area wherre we can find some forest birds like the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, the Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker. This forestal area is also a refuge for some raptors like Sparrowhawk, scarce, and Buzzard, more frequent.
During the spring migration, specially raining days, it's easy to find a lot of passerine birds resting in the trees branches or in the riverside vegetation. In these rivesides we can find some interesting species like Galanthus nivalis (flowering in winter) and Lilium martagon (flowering in spring).
About a hundred meters behind we will find an interesting Carex area managed by shepherding with Camarga's horses. This area, specially when it's flooded, will offer us very good opportunities to watch herons and shorebirds. In the spring time are common Yellow Wagtail, and in winter Meadow Pipit and Water Pipit. In the summer time these areas are used as feeding areas by Bee-eater and Hobby.
The walk by the canal can be as long as you want, but it looses naturalist interest while we move farther away from the protected area. We recomend to follow since meeting a narrow foodbridge over the canal. At this point you will find a track at right.
If we follow that track we will find the eldest hide in the area (now turned into a platform due to the continous vandalism actions). We will follow the track since arribing to little oak tree wood sited next to bridge over the train railway. We will go through the little wood to the platform site. This is a quite and charming place because it's surrounded by trees and harvest meadows, where we will have more opportunities to watch water birds, specially when the meadows are flooded.
This is the better area to watch Short-eared Owl, while the migration, specially during the autumn migration. In the little woods of the area are abundant the forest birds, finding frequently Tits and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Bonelli's Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher and Hawfinch. In the summer evenings it's easy to watch the Nightjar hunting.
To return to the beginning we will walk back following the same track or we can cross the bridge over the train railway. Once crossed the bridge we will turn left and we will follow the same track crossing a poplar and vegetable gardens area since we arribe to another track. If we take this track to the right, it will lead us to the town. The two options will bring us near the farm next to the church. Here we can watch Rock Dove, House Sparrow, Tree sparrow, Starling and Spotless Starling. Rarely we will find Little Owl or Jackdaw, witch is a very rare species in the region, that have a little nesting group in the neighbour town of Massanet de la Selva.