Arriving later (9.45) than I had intended, I met Andy Paterson who had already arrive at the mouth of the western canal and was on his way back home. After a short conversation we were joined by a visiting birder from Sheffield who had actually made the discovery the previous lunch time and emailed Andy. unfortunately, Andy did not receive the message until just before 6 pm but was on site within twenty minutes and the "object of their desire" was still present. At least Andy managed to get a good photograph well illustrating this very special bird. Unfortunately, the bird was not present on Saturday morning. So what had I missed? Not only a Solitary Sandpiper which, and no reason why it should not be accepted by the Spanish rarities committee, would be only the third such record in the country.
|One of many Little Grebes zampullin Comun Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Male White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala (Note how the bill colour has lost its blue)|
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
|Osprey Aguila Pescadora Pandion haliaetus|
|Record shot of a distant Booted Eagle Aguililla calzada Hieraaetus pennatus|
|Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris alpina with a slightly decurved bill|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Osprey, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Now who is this little beasty crossing the track in front of me? Better known as a Spurge Hawkmoth Hyles euphorbiae|
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