Thursday, 11 June 2015

Laguna Dulce

Thursday 11 June

On the way home from a meeting in Campillos this morning I called in for a few minutes at the nearby Laguna Dulce.  Distinctly colder then the coast with very overcast skies and what appeared to be a threat of rain to follow.  However, it remained dry and then warmed up as I drove down to the coast.

Arriving at the water there was a good number of Flamingoes feeding close to the hide and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers flew of left as we approached.  Lots of resting Mallards, no in their winter eclipse plumage off to the right along with the odd Gadwall and a few Coots.  Also present a handful of Common Pochards on the main water and, to the far left, both Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes.

In front of the hide numerous House Sparrows darting about and, by way of change, a small flock of Corn Buntings.  Not many Black-headed and Yellow-legged Gulls and just the off Gull-billed Tern feeding near the hide along with a small number of Whiskered Terns at the back of the water.  A single Lesser Kestrel passed over to the right and then more calling from the nearby Reed Warblers including the occasional glimpse of an individual birder.  Just the one Barn Swallow seen over the water but a few Black-winged Stilts located hiding in the vegetation.

Birds seen:
Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Flamingo, Lesser Kestrel, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Barn Swallow, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Corn Bunting.

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