Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Donana Summary

Tuesday 17 March

Now that John and Jenny Wainwright are back home in Salar from their wanderings down in the Donana National Park and the Odiel I can reveal that the latest email from John confirms that not only did they make the "hundred mark" but that they finally recorded 115 species.  A truly great five days even if the return journey via the "Osuna triangle" failed to deliver a Great Bustard.

Home from Donaña Monday 16 March
Quite a nice day with lots of cloud but sunny periods
The old adage of pride comes before a fall is pertinent here as we were expecting a number of good sightings on the way home, a veritable crash was therefore inevitable.

Our first sightings were of two Southern Grey Shrikes, Linnets, Spanish Sparrows and Goldfinches.  Lots of Black Kites about (near Osuna) but the Great Bustard we could not find, even after transversing the usual areas that are common to them.  Even at the "Roller site" the afore mentioned bird was not seen (probably two weeks early for them) but the Lesser Kestrels were not about either. Lots of Red-legged Partridge, Crested Larks, White Wagtails and House Sparrows but little all else.

So it was with a saddened heart, but  overall a total of 115, that we are not in a too abjective state.  We hope that you enjoyed our trip around the area of the Parque Nacionale Donaña.
John and Jenny Wainwright

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