With Jenny and accompanied by John and Maureen Taylor e set off on our own for the Odiel Marshes knowing the the rest of the group were somewhere in the vicinity and that we were bound to encounter them on and off during the day as we worked the area. Driving through the woods between the two motorways as we made our way to the Odiel we not only had Wood Pigeons and Azure-winged Magpies fly over the road but also an Osprey, surely a positive indication for the birding to come.
|The large flock of (mainly) Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis|
Then it was round to park at the Visitors Centre and check out both the river estuary and the main mud flats of the Odiel itself, making use of the now open pier that lets you look immediately down on the latter. Spotless Starlings in the trees, Magpies wandering around and John managed to see the sole Robin. The estuary produced a number of both Redshanks and Dunlin along with a odd Grey Plover and Whimbrel. Little Egret, Cormorant and Greenshank were added to the list before walking the pier to look at the Odiel banks. A Blackbird took to the bushes on the way and then we had good views of a couple of Sandwich Terns resting on nearby buoys. More Whimbrel, Dunlin and Redshank along with both Ringed and Kentish Plovers.
A stop to look at the salinas opposite produced closer views of the Flamingos along with more Black-winged Stilts and Heron. Then on down to the Juan Carlos picnic area with the tide now well out but not before passing a White Stork, a small number of Linnets and a flock of Spotless Starlings and a stop near the small copse to find Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit and Bluethroat.
|Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii with the terns and a Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundues|
|East to spot the two Common Terns Sterna hirundo in winter plumage with black beaks rather than red|
|Now a basking Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo has joined the throng|
|Two distant resting Stone Curlews Burhinus oedicnemus|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Osprey, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Turnstone, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Linnet
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