|A selection of waders. How many can you identify? Only three, keep looking.|
Stopping by the first pool a Green Sandpiper moved away and in the low vegetation we found both Dartford and Sardinian Warblers. Cattle Egret, Redshank and Heron were added to the list whilst posed on top of a middle-distance bush was the first Iberian Grey Shrike of the morning. House Sparrows were flocking near the fence on top of the hill to the left and Black-winged Stilts walked the next pond but it was the juvenile Bluethroat that really stole our attention. Amazingly, whilst watching the Bluethroat below tree a Spotted Flycatcher perched just a couple of feet above. Having drawn the attention of others to the Spotted Flycatcher it obligingly removed itself to be replaced within a couple of inches by a Pied Flycatcher! Now that's the way to see birds.
|A rather lovely Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus|
A stop at the working salinas immediately below Castro Marin produced a range of waders including Ringed, Little Ringed and Kentish Plover along with Black-winged Stilts, Redshank, Turnstone and Common Sandpiper.
|Common Sandpiper Actitis macularius|
|Distant Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea in winter plumage|
Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Great White Egret, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Osprey, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Little Stint, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Bluethroat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Iberian Grey Shrike, House Sparrow, Corn Bunting.
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