I fell asleep when I got back having first downloaded the photos ready to tidy-up and place on the blogs covering the past four days. Must have been out for a couple of hours so immediately down to get a slight supper and then John's report had arrived re his and Jenny's day in the Donana. Looks like his report first then make a start on mine.
Doñana Day Three 3rd May 2014
Thankful for the breeze otherwise it would have been very hot. We set off for the Laguna de Abajo to meet up with Bob Wright and on the way we saw Collared Doves, Woodpigeons, Spotless Starlings, Raven, Black Kite, White Storks, Blackbirds, Woodchat Shrikes and our first Stonechat of the trip. Also close to the access tracks leading to the Valverde Centre we saw two Pintail Sandgrouse flying and in the fields to our left more then thirty Black Kites lifted off as we approached, as well as a good number of White Storks, then a male Montagu´s flew past with several Bee-eaters diving at it.
|Great Reed Warbler (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Bob turned up and we headed for the Valverde Centre to locate the Marbled Ducks, just after we joined the access track we stopped to check for the Collared Pratincoles, we found these attacking a ring-tail Montagu´s Harrier and then a flock of some fifteen Pintailed Sandgrouse were disturbed by the same bird. Bob found a Northern Wheatear here and several Spanish Sparrows were noted also. Grey Herons, Zitting Cisticolas, Cattle Egrets, a Greenshank, several female Whinchats, Crested Larks, Woodchat Shrikes, Corn Buntings, and I believe Bob picked up a Yellow Wagtail (iberiae) and Red-rumped Swallows, which we missed - at the time - but picked up later on.
|Whinchat (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Marbled Duck (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Purple Heron (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Spoonbill (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Great White Egret (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Common Nightjar (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Black-eared Wheatear (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
We took the cross country track to the Lesser Kestrel site, where we found seven of them. Lots more Purple Herons, Glossy Ibis, Little Egrets and Grey Herons were seen down in the direction of the Night Herony where we counted nearly forty birds. Also about in the area we saw Nightingales, Ravens, Black-winged Stilts, House Sparrows, Common and Azure-winged Magpies with Melodious, Sardinian and Cetti´s Warblers and a Chiffchaff.
Another great day and a few more birds on the trip tick list.
What a great day! I know because I shared some of the hours but, obviously missed out on the later birds.