Fuente de Piedra & Laguna Dulce: 27th February 2013
A very warm day although still very cold in the shade. As we drove up the road to the car park the left hand flood-meadow gave us Redshank, Shoveler, Black-winged Stilt and Black-headed Gull. We then headed for the boardwalk area; here we saw Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, White Wagtails, Common Coots, Moorhens, a Little Stint and three Black-tailed Godwits. In the marshy area we found a single Snipe, Little Ringed Plovers and Meadow Pipits.
On and around the scrapes we found more of the all the former and a lone Reed Bunting. From the mirador we looked over the main laguna, all the Greater Flamingos were in the right hand corner (into which the wind was blowing) also with them were Shovelers, Teal, Mallard, Avocets and five Shelduck. Above the ducks we saw House and Crag Martin and Barn Swallows, as well as Yellow-legged and Black-headed Gulls. In the shrubs and bushes below the mirador a Sardinian Warbler was heard as well as Robin and Black Redstart.
Onto the Laguneta, the islands had been completely stripped of any cover, where we saw Jackdaws, Black-winged Stilts, more Black-headed and Yellow-legged Gulls, Shovelers, Teal, Mallard, a Redshank, Little Grebe and Pochard.
As we were leaving the centre, two Woodlarks flew into the light rough . As we drove up to the Cantarras Mirador we found a few Common Cranes feeding in the fields to our left but the bulk of them were in and just in front of the olive groves to our right. At the mirador the wind was gusting really hard and it was a job to keep the scope still, but we did manage to find several Great Crested and Little Grebe, Greater Flamingos, two Red-crested Pochard and a few Common Pochard.
On the way we saw two Common Kestrels and just opposite the turning for Bobadilla Station, Jenny spotted a group of some twenty Little Bustards feeding in the remnants of a flood-meadow not forty yards from the road.
|Little Bustards Sison Comun Tetrax tetrax (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Ferruginous Duck Porron pardo Aythya nyroca (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
I think possibly that the strong winds accounted for the small tally of passerines today, but its not Spring yet awhile!!
Great day John and many thanks for the report.
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