September's definitelyhere and we seem to be all out and about. Friend Andy, literally, as I think he is presently up of the Atlantic coast enjoying a pelgic out of Bilbao - and probably in the rain! Meanwhile, following my very hot afternoon on Tuesday, John and Jenny Wainwright determined on an early start and spent Wednesday in teh osuna area followed by the scenic cross-country return journey over to the Laguna Dulce and were well-rewarded for their time. Most peole are happy with the sight of one Mongoose but not John and jenny; they had a trio. Does that make them "Mongooses " or "Mongeese?"
Osuna and Laguna Dulce 3rd September
A hottish day (31C) with a fair breeze - thankfully
It was decided on the spur of the moment late on Tuesday evening that we go to Osuna for the day, as it had been five months almost since our last visit. So at 8am Wednesday morning we set out from Salar. A few Jackdaws, Collared Doves, House Sparrows and a male Sparrowhawk were seen enroute.
After coffee, we started for the area around the railway bridge, seeing a Common Buzzard sitting on the crown of a small hillock. We came off of the main road onto a track that runs parallel to the railway track here there were Zitting Cisticolas, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, Stonechats and a couple of juvenile Woodchat Shrikes. In the fields to our left several families of Crested Larks were feeding, a few Red-legged Partridges fled from the fields into the olive grove, where we also found two Hares and whilst watching these two creatures some Bee-eaters flew over but weren´t seen, but a Hoopoe was. In the distance good numbers of Ravens were about (as is the norm here) and we spotted one Jackdaw, closer in.
|Juvenile Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|First sight of the Great Bustards Avutarda Comun Otis tarda (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Great Bustards Avutarda Comun Otis tarda (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Our first sighting as we entered the hide was a Snipe on the front foreshore alongside a Green Sandpiper. To our left we located six Kentish Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, another Green Sandpiper, a few Black-winged Stilts and two female Shovelers.
|The lonely Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
On the far inlet below the ruin Black-winged Stilts, Dunlin, Avocet, Ruff, Common and Green Sandpiper were feeding, when two Egyptian Mongoose ran across the shoreline, one of them grabbing a juvenile Black-winged Stilt as it went, then turned around and dashed back off into the reeds, one of them standing for a few seconds enabling a photo to be had. This action caused all the waders to disappear from here for a while.
|Egyptian Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon one of the mischievous little rascals that feed on juvenile birds|
It certainly sounds like a greeat day's birding enjoyed by all, aprt from, that is, the unfortunate juvenile Black-winged Stilt!
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