|Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa|
A mixture of cloud and blue skies as I set on a windy trip down to the Guadalhorce "ponds" this morning and, upon arrival, could feel the strength of the wind albeit less than yesterday. leaving the car at the primary school i soon encountered both Blackbird and House Sparrows as I made my way to the track leading up the river bank. All here was remarkably quiet with not a bird to be seen until I crossed the footbridge when I found a single Rock Dove under the motorway bridge. No point in stopping so carried on to the eastern arm and the hide overlooking Laguna Casillas. As I approached the eastern arm I watched an Osprey work its way upstream against the prevailing wind and a couple of Sardinian Warblers presented themselves to my left followed by a wind-swept Zitting Cisticola to my right.
The lake itself, at first, seemed to hold just a couple of Mallards but within minutes others revealed themselves including a pair of Gadwall, at least eight White-headed Ducks, a similar number of Common Pochard and a couple of Little Grebes. At this point I was joined by Jerry Laycock who provided great company for the rest of the morning. The Coots put in an appearance and a handful of Moorhens busied themselves about the water as a good number of Barn Swallows fed overhead. Eventually they were joined by just the single Red-rumped Swallow and a handful of House Martins. A White Wagtail flew by beneath the hide and then a small warbler started feeding in the bush below. The bird remained long enough to be identified as a Bonelli's Warbler, the first new bird of the day for this year's list.
|Lots of White-headed Ducks Malvasia cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala on show|
|Common Sandpiper Andarrios Chico Actitis hypoleucos|
|Kentish Plover Chorlitejo Patinegro Charadrius alexandrinus|
|Record shot of the male|
Common Redstart Colirrojo Real Phoenicurus phoenicurus
|The rather lovely Black-tailed Godwit Aguja Colinegra Limosa limosa that dropped in below the main hide|
Other birds on show at the ponds:
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
|(Blue-headed) Yellow Wagtail Lavandera Boyera Motacilla flava iberiae|
|A rather sleepy Common Kestrel Cernicalo Vulgar Falco tinnunculus|
|Redshank Archibebe Comun Tringa totanus|
|Only two Little Egrets Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta seen during the morning|
Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Pallid Swift, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Common Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Four Avocets Avoceta Comun Recurvirostra avosetta came sailing in to the Wader Pool|
|Whereas the quartet of Greater Flamingos Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus merely buried their heads!|
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