It would appear that John and Jenny Wainwright have taken themselves off down to the Donana National Park for a few days judging by the photos I received last evening. Not sure how long they have been gone or how long they will be away but, all being well, they will have lovely weather and see a great range of species. Having looked at the photos first, I noticed that four out of the five would have been a first of the year for me. Am I missing something or are you all trying to tell me something? But great shot of the Black-eared Wheatear and I love the picture of all those little Waxbills.
Donaña Day 2 12 March
A very foggy start and no clarity until after 11.30
We headed for Acebuche firstly as it the nearest site to our accommodation, the fog was still bad but we did manage to see Azure-winged Magpies, Great Tits, and Greenfinches, but on our return journey we did manage to see a male Stonechat, Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler (both the latter birds were singing), White Stork, a Hoopoe, two Woodlarks and a wonderfully fresh Black-eared Wheatear (a first for the year).
|Black-eared Wheatear Collalba Rubia Oenanthe hispanica (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Barn Swallow Golondrina Comun Hirundo rustica already busy with nest building (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Just as were about to leave the stream a flock of some thirty Common Waxbills landed in the brambles under a tree along with some House Sparrows. Then to finish off here a Woodchat Shrike flew up from the stream and perched for its photo before heading off into the fields.
|Look at these lovely Common Waxbill Pico de Coral Estrilda astrid (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Wood Lark Alondra Comun Alauda arvensis (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
It sounds like an absolutely fabulous day despite the early morning fog. I just wonder what they have been up today so look forward to the next report.
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