With a report from my friends Derek and Barbara Etherton that there were not only scores of Black-tailed Godwits at Fuente de Piedra but also good numbers of Garganey to be seen, despite my hatred of visiting these sights at the week-end I was up and away by just after 8 o’clock in the hope that they would still be present, and I would be arriving before the Sunday tourists, rather than wait till the morrow and find the birds flown. I can happily report, especially after recent disappointments, that the birds were still present so a final tally for the morning of 55 species was a welcome relief, bearing in mind I had strict instructions not to be late home as we had guests coming to lunch!
|Jackdaw Grajilla Corvus monedula|
|One of many Black-tailed Godwits Aguja Colinegra Limosa limosa|
|Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinagogallinago|
Walking on round to the laguneto at the rear I found the first of the Flamingos but only a handful present. Lots of Shovelers and Coots plus both Black-headed and Yellow-legged Gulls, many of the later resting on the shore in front of the hide. Apart from the birds, there were rabbits everywhere, of all shapes and sizes, suggesting a very active breeding season. Close examination soon produce many Moorhen and Little Grebes along with Black-winged Stilts. Also present were a good number of Common Pochard, Mallards and even a couple of pairs of White-headed Duck. Before moving closer and under cover of the shore below me I was also in time to record a pair of Avocet of the main island to the left. Chiffchaffs and Stonechats were feeding in the bushes in front of me along with a male Sardinian Warbler and many more rabbits. Difficult, looking against the sun, to identify what actually was resting on the shore to the right along with the Flamingos but, even though I was first on site, no sign of the resident Little Owl that is often seen from the main hide.
the smaller hide at the far end which offered a little more vision but still
not good although good enough to watch the male Garganey paddle out towards the middle of the water. Much frenzied feeding going on in front but I
have no idea what had attracted the ducks to this particular spot on the water. Also present were a couple of Lapwing and a distant Buzzard resting atop an electricity
|Can you name all the species? (Answer at end)|
|What was on or immediately below the surface that led to this feeding frenzy?|
|Green Sandpiper Andarrios Grande Tringa ochropus|
|Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|A gorgeous Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
|Who are you looking at?|
Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Sky Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Yellow (Blue-headed) Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Southern Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
Answer to species: Green sandpiper, snipe, Black-winged Stilt, Shoveler
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