Sunday, 17 February 2019

Retamar and Cabo de Gata

Friday 15 February

On my way to the overnight stop at Cabo de Gata I called in at the heathland just south of Retamar.  No sooner had I taken the narrow road down towards the beach that i had both Iberian Grey Shrike and Magpie on the nearby large bushes.  A Kestrel was hovering away to my right and then the first Black Redstart.  Taking a side track I found both Stonechat and Crested Larks before coming across a small flock of Greenfinch.  Then Spotless Starlings as I made my way to the end of the road to take a loop round the tracks at the bottom.

Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ochruros

Still very windy when I arrived at Cabo de Gata and only Flamingos and Yellow-legged Gulls to be seen from the first hide.  A stop at the Public Hide produced more Flamingos and a mixture of Yellow-legged, Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls but no terns.  A couple of Avocet and a Shelduck before continuing on to the lighthouse, recording both Barn Swallow and Meadow Pipit to check out that area.

Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseusngo

More House Sparrow and Collared Dove as I returned to the salinas and took the track along the rear.  Here I found at least a dozen Avocet and twice that number of ShelduckCrag Martins were feeding above the water and then at least thirty Audouin's Gulls seen at rest.  A Dartford Warbler up onto the fence near the hide for a few seconds before dropping back into the undergrowth.  Only the occasional Cormorant in flight with most hunkered down on the shallow rocks.

Male and female Greenfinch verderon Comun Carduelis chlois

Finally a loop round the rambla having accessed the site from the beach track.  On the water Coot, Shoveler, Mallard and White-headed Ducks in addition to a few Coot with White Wagtails on both the track and shore line.

Birds seen:
Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, White-headed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Flamingo, Kestrel, Coot, Avocet, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Iberian Grey Shrike, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch

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