Day 2: Bonanza
A rather damp and overcast start with continuous drizzle until early afternoon but then gradually clearing up to become a lovely warm, late afternoon. On the other hand, at least it was calm all day and by the time those left of us made our way back to or respective hotels over 70 species had been recorded by the group, which at the start had numbered just about thirty members of the Andalucia Bird Society.
|Some of the Slender-billed Gulls Gaviota Picofino Larus genei were almost red on the breast|
|Black-tailed Godwit Aguja Colinegra Limosa limosa with Redshank Archibebe Comun Tringa totanus to the right and Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus in the background|
A small number of Shelduck along with the odd Spoonbill was an added bonus followed by Stonechat, Zitting Cisticola, Barn Swallow before stopping at the end of the track next to the pump house. From here we had good views of the Black Storks that arrived in the area along with many Little Egrets, a single Bar-tailed Godwit, Kentish and Ringed Plover plus the single White Stork that passed overhead. A couple of Marsh Harriers put in an appearance along with Moorhen and Greenfinches and, I believe, most got a distant view of the Black Kite. Three Greylag Geese were also on the far water and a further two were to be recorded on the pool near the woods. Similarly, no shortage of Cormorants to be seen. Again, I think all saw the pair of resting Ravens whilst watching the Marsh Harriers and Common Kestrel.
|Common Redshank Archibebe Comun Tringa totanus|
Finally, out at the far side of the wood and on round to the pools alongside the road where we added Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Purple Swamphen and Snipe. Smaller birds included Goldfinch, White Wagtail, Meadow and Water Pipit. Looking inland over the rough pasture we added Cattle Egret feeding next to their name-sakes but the two dozen Cranes were certainly unexpected. A small number of Calandra Larks were also noted. We, as a group, may have totalled over seventy species but I was relatively happy with my personal total of 55 birds seen.
|In murky weather when all else fails you can always look at the roof models!|
Greylag Goose, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked grebe, Cormorant, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, White Stork, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Black Kite, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Crane, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, White wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Azure-winged Magpie, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.