|Corn Bunting Triguero Emberiza calandra|
With the forecast promising strong winds over the next few days and just one before the end of the month and the possibility of yet more news following Derek's visit yesterday, I took myself off to Fuente de Piedra in search of a couple of new species for the year. Lovely sunny weather and eventually n shirt-sleeve order before finally returning home and I had managed three new birds for the year, even if I dipped on the Ruff. Mind you, whilst the Temminck's Stint posed well the same could not be said for the Lesser Flamingo which was very distant. A case of scoping individual birds and thanks goodness, from this point of view, the numbers present seemed to be way below what they should be but the little chappy (or chappess?) was standing proud, well small actually, in all its pinkness and just waiting to be found and recorded. The third new bird presented no problem at all as the growing number of Gull-billed Terns moved about with their usual chatter and then rested on the sand below the main mirador.
|Avocet Avoceta Comun Recurvirostra avosetta and little friend|
|Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|One of the very many Black-winged Stilts Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus on site|
|(Blue-headed) Yellow Wagtail Lavandera Boyera Motacilla flava iberiae of the Iberian sub-species|
|Spring may have sprung for these Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus but do they know there is no water next door!|
|Male Red-crested Pochard Pato Colorado Netta rufina|
|Wood Sandpiper Andarrios Bastardo Tringa glareola|
|Red-legged Partridge Perdiz Roja Alectoris rufa|
Eventually back at the water I took a further look at the scrape below the causeway and was rewarded with the sight of the Italian sub-species of Yellow Wagtail that had been seen yesterday. In addition the Little Stints were back whilst the Redshank had moved across to the flooded field. The end of a very pleasant day.
Now here's the challenge, can you sort out your Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta from your Temminck's Stint Correlimos de Temminck Calidris temminckii?
Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Heron, Greater Flamingo. Lesser Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lapwing, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint, Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Pallid Swift, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Water Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail Mf iberiae, Blue-headed Wagtail Mf cinereocapilla, Northern Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
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