Up early and down to the Cruise Port in Malaga to collect the family Gillaspie; Tom and Jayma with their daughter, Jayla and Tom's sister, Joanna (I trust that I have correctly spelt all the names!). Then it was straight off to the Guadalhorce ponds as rain was promise for noon despite the hint of a hazy sun in the sky. And sure enough, the rain arrived ten minutes early and fell as a few isolated spots which we only picked up because we could see the occasional ripple on the lagoons. All in all, a very pleasant day spent in wonderful company and, hopefully some happy memories for Tom and family to take back to the west coast of Florida once they eventually get to Rome on Holland America's Noordam, their final destination.
|Resting Barn Swallows Golondrina Comun Hirundo rustica|
|White-headed Ducks Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala|
|Black-winged Stilts Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus on the Wader Pool|
|Gadwall Anade Friso Anas strepera|
|Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator|
At first glance the Sea Watch seemed to produce nothing but empty beaches and lots of sea but closer inspection soon revealed a pair of Sanderling and a couple of Kentish Plovers to the western side. The short stretch of unkempt beach to the east then produced a single, disappearing Common Sandpiper before a single Whimbrel walked into view. Next up was a lone Ringed Plover in the company of eight Turnstones. Turning our attention towards the sea, we were able to identify a small number of Yellow-legged Gulls along with even fewer Lesser Black-backed Gulls. However, resting in their midst were at least twenty Common Scoter; where had the other hundred plus from last week gone?
|Turnstone Vuelvepiedras Comun Arenaria interpres|
|Ghost-like Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus over the Laguna Grande|
|Sand Martin Avion Zapador Riparia riparia|
A walk down the track to the path leading to beach produced a Night Heron on the return journey along with the Whiskered Tern that had arrived at the Laguna Grande in our absence. Once more looking out over the water we also picked up a solitary Little Grebe and then a female Peregrine Falcon hiding behind crossing branches in the "Osprey Tree"; very difficult to see but we were told where to look by the Welsh birders who had recently arrived at the hide. Cetti's Warblers were loudly singing and then our final bird at this water, a male Blackcap feeding amongst the daisies in front of the hide.
|Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Grande Charadrius hiaticula|
|Whimbrel Zarapito Trinador Numenius phaeopus|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Common Scoter, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Booted Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Bee-eater, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail (Blue-headed Iberian race), Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.
|Monk Parakeet Cotorra Argentina Mylopsitta monachus|
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