Day 2: The Odiel Marshes (Marismas del Odiel)
A range of species including Flamingo, numerous White Storks on their respective nests, Magpie, Collared Dove, Common Swift and Spoonbill before even reaching the Visitors centre at the Odiel marshes so a promising day ahead expected. As yesterday, glorious, warm sunny weather which was to stay with us for the rest of our stay. On arrival the Flamingo flock of about a thousand birds spread over the salinas was a joy to behold and, with the tide almost at its peak, most, if not all, of the mixed wader flocks had been pushed up onto these pools and just awaited identification.
|Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris maritima with a Sanderling (in middle) looking on|
|Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta|
Back to the main salinas and the track leading down alongside the smaller river to the mirador at the end. So many waders and all so very close, especially the Dunlin, Little Stint, Sanderling and Curlew Sandpipers. On the water very many Shelduck along with the Shoveler and Mallard but then, at the back of the middle salina, a flock of over 200 Grey Plovers. Again, very many Common Redsank but also a few Greenshank and,resting at the back, a handful of Caspian Terns. Sandwich Terns were feeding above along with both Barn and Red-rumped Swallows and the first of a few Marsh Harriers drifted by. Also in the air were Yellow-legged, Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls and the occasional Cormorant.
|Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba acompanied by Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris maritima|
More Woodchat Shrikes were recorded and a later stop also produced both a Thekla Lark and a distant Short-toed Eagle. With the tide now on ts way out the sandbars were starting to appear on the Odiel so a productive stop produced not just Black-headed and Audouin's Gulls but three different tern species. Mainly Sandwich but also a trio of Little and a pair of Common Terns.
|Spot the Terns(Sandwich, Common and Little) with a Whimbrel Zarapito Trinador Numenius phaeopus in background|
|Male Common Redstart Colirrojo Real Phoenicurus phoenicurus|
|Skulking Subalpine Warbler Curruca Carrasquena Sylvia cantilans|
|Willow Warbler Mosquitero Musical Pylloscopus trochilus|
|Time for all good waders to say their farewell|
Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Osprey, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Little ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Collared Dove, Alpine Swift, Common Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Iberian Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Nightingale, Common Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Melodious Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Iberian Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfich, Linnet
|More of the mixed Terns|
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