Chris to the airport for 11.30 so time for a couple of hours at the Guadalhorce before returning home for a late lunch. Greeted by a few House sparrows and a dozen or so Spotless Starlings I made my way to the footbridge where I was able to see a pair of soaring Booted Eagles. Just the one Heron and a couple of Coot on the river itself along with a couple of the resident Rock Dove resting be;low the motorway bridge. A Cormorant flew into the site as I made my way to the Laguna Casillas where I found much water and few birds. Just the single Little Grebe and about dozen Coot. But way up high there were a number of feeding Crag Martins.
Moving on to the Wader Pool this was even worse with the sole birds being a trio of Coot. I did have a resting Kestrel in a nearby tree and a calling Cetti's Warbler but otherwise nothing. So onto the old river where I was once again rewarded with much water and little bird life albeit a single Great White Egret took of and re-settled at the far end. Just a pair of Black-winged Stilt as I made my way to the Sea Watch and noted the handful of Greenfinch.
The sea was calm with deserted beaches. using the scope I managed to pick out a very small mixed group of Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls and at the mouth of the eastern arm three Cormorants and a singe Great Crested Grebe on the water. A couple of Stonechat were seen on the beach rubbish and making my way back a quartet of screaming Monk Parakeets passed overhead. On the other hand, a quick call in at the Wader Pool did result in me locating a couple of Snipe and the presence of Ian Kirk out birding.
|Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta (front) with Sanderling Calidris alba and Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus|
|Black-necked Grebe Zampulin Cuellinegro Podiceps nigricollis|
|Bar-tailed Godwit Aguja Colipinta Limosa lapponica|
|Top left the Peregrine Falcon Halcon Peregrino Falco pelegrinoides and bottom right the Osprey Aguila Pescadora Pandion haliaetus|
Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Great White Egret, Heron, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Lesser Back-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Kingfisher, Crag Martin, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch.
|How many duck species can you find?|
|Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris alpina|
|Resting Dunlin Calidris alpina and Sanderling Calidris alba|
|Male Shoveler Cuchara Comun Anas clypeata|
|Distant record sht of the Peregrine Falcon Halcon Peregrino Falco pelegrinoides|
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