|Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea|
|Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta and part of the large flock|
|There were over an hundred Curlew Sandpipers Calidris ferruginea|
|Ruff Philomachus pugnax|
|Lovely to watch the acrobatics of the Whiskered Terns Childonias hybrida|
My return walk towards the mirador and then down along the edge of the scrape produced a surprise before I had even reached the open hide. Had I been a photographer who went birding rather than a birder who takes photographs, I might have captured a shot of the Cuckoo sitting on top of a small bush. As it was, I just enjoyed the privilege of watching the bird, which then cleared off when he saw that saw what I was doing.
|The very close, unringed, Spoonbill Geronticus eremita and with Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus|
|Yellow Wagtail (Blue-headed) Motacilla flava iberiae|
Laguna Dulce seemed back to normal with hundreds of Coots on and at the side of the water making it seem difficult to find anything else. There were a good number of Flamingos on the far side and then I found the ducks; on this occasion nearly all were Gadwall save a few Mallards. I also found a pair of Great Crested Grebes and all the gull s were Black-headed Gulls and the same applied to the Gull-billed Terns. Just a handful of Moorhens but plenty of House Sparrows. I had seen a distant Marsh Harrier but the a second individual relatively close with its lovely golden head came to rest nearby. As if this were not good enough, my second special treat of the day as a magnificent male Montagu's Harrier drifted over the water from right to left. As I left I had more Goldfinches and calling Cetti's Warblers and then another handful of Collared Doves as I approached Campillos itself.
|Three Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus including a distant male in middle shot|
From here it was the mountain road over to Los Corales and my overnight stop. First a Hoopoe, then yet more Corn Buntings and finally a Blackbird, my first and only of the day, as I approached the village. However, before checking in I made a quick trip over to the nearby Laguna Gosque at Martin de la Jara. Very overgrown compared with my previous visit but there was a small mixed party of finches in the tree in front as I parked including Greenfinches, Serins, Goldfinches and Spanish Sparrows. I even had a couple of Stonechats as I drove down the track and a Wood Pigeon was active away in the olives to my left. On the water itself, having to try and scope through the dry rushes that were partly obscuring my view, were more Flamingos, a handful of Gull-billed Terns, Black-winged Stilts and a pair of Mallards.
|Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus|
Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Southern Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
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