Thirty-seven members present for the march field meeting of the Andalucia Bird Society of whom all bar four spent at least one night at the neighbouring Blanca Brisa Hotel. A beautiful, warm sunny day and the party split into at least five groups of varying sizes to make the day both enjoyable and profitable, in birding terms, for all concerned. As the day progressed some parties seemed to lose a car then gather another and most met up with each day on the restricted area that we covering including the five hides around the lagunas, the lighthouse area, mountain road and rambler with its truncated river slightly to the west of the village. By the time we had all gathered together again at the end of the day almost 80 species had been recorded by the group as a whole and, I am sure, no one group recording less than 55 birds.
|Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Dotterels Charadrius morinallus (PHOTO: Derek Etherton)|
|Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
There were wades a plenty with Avocet being the dominant bird but also, of the small waders, Kentish Plover being the most obvious. Just a few Ringed Plovers and a similar number of Redshanks and even fewer Black-tailed Godwits. Dunlin, Sanderling, a Turnstone, Common Sandpiper and Little Stint were also recorded and of the larger waders it was good to see observations of Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Stone Curlew and, of course, a small number of Black-winged Stilts. (Many of us stopped at the first (meeting point) hide on the way home the next day to get a good look at one of the two Knot that arrived very late in the day.) And we must not forget the handful of Coot albeit no Moorhen was seen on the day.
|Record shot of a very distant Little Stint Calidris minuta|
|Wood Lark Lullula arborea (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|The very local endemic plant the pink Cabo de Gata Snapdragon Antirrhinum charidemi (known locally as "Dragoncillo del Cabo") found at the top of the mountain road overlooking the sea.|
All in all a wonderful day's birding with great company.
Birds seen by the group:
Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Balearic Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Stone Curlew, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Dotterel, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern , Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Hoopoe, Short-toed Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Bonelli’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, Iberian Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Rock Bunting