As can be seen from the following report from John, They were unable to join the monthly Axarquia Bird Group field meeting at the Guadalhorce, Malaga so took a very rewarding birding trip out today; and what a great selection of birds they encountered. Hopefully, most will still be present when I cal in at the same venues on Friday afternoon.
Fuente de Piedra & Laguna Dulce: 16th April
A very warm day, little or no breeze.
As we cannot attend the monthly meeting we went out today (Wednesday) instead. On our approach to the reserve the Gull-billed Terns were wheeling over the fields and we could see masses of waders in the flood meadow.
After parking up we walked down to the flood meadow and here we saw Curlew, Common and Wood Sandpipers, Little Stints, Ruff, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers, Coots, Moorhens, Avocets, Black-winged Stilts and Redshanks. In the opposite meadow by the boardwalk we saw Yellow Wagtails - iberiae and flavissima, Corn Buntings, Chiffchaff and Nightingales. Above us lots of Barn Swallows but a limited number of Red-rumped Swallows and some House Martins plus, also, a single Black Tern.
|Avocet Avoceta Comun Recurvirostra avosetta (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Wood Sandpipers Andarrios Bastardo Tringa glareola (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Jackdaw Grajilla Corvus monedula (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Onto the covered hide where the Nightingales, Cetti´s and Sardinian Warblers were singing well, although from on and above the water, Black-headed and Yellow-legged Gulls screamed at each other almost drowning out the formers songs. Several pairs of Red-crested Pochard were about as well as Mallard, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Shovelers, Little and Black-necked Grebe, Greater Flamingos, Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, and two male White-headed Ducks were found in the far left corner of this lagunetta.
Moving on to the Cantarranas mirador we found a male and female Little Bustard in the fields just prior to the mirador along with seven Ravens. A few Bee-eaters, Crested Larks, two Montagu´s Harriers and a Marsh Harrier were also seen on the way.
|Distant record shot of Little Bustard Sison Comun Tetrax tetrax (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Ruff Combatiente Philomachus pugnax with Curlew Sandpipers Correlimos Oscuro Calidris maritima (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Great Crested Grebe Somormujo Lavanco Podiceps cristatus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
At the front of the hide a pair of Reed Warblers were in and out - like a fiddlers elbow - to the Tamarisk bush, we think they have a nest here. Also about were Goldfinches, Cetti´s Warblers, Great Tits, Corn Buntings, Crested Larks and several more White Wagtails.
Not a bad day overall!
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