A beautiful day with warm sunshine in clear blue skies as I set of for a morning's visit to the Charca de Suarez with visiting Australian birders Bob and Noreen Ashford and, on arriving, was joined by Steve and Elena Powell. Following a lovely morning we all returned back to Mezquitilla with we original three taking the scenic coastal road rather than the motorway. There were numerous Cattle Egret as we approached the site and immediately on entrance were greeted by Blackbirds and then on round to the Laguna del Taraje where we soon found, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen along with a Purple Swamphen. A few Chiffchaffs and the occasional Goldfinch were busty feeding in the trees at the back of the water but no Little Bittern nor Little Grebe on this occasion.
|Purple Swamphen Calamon Porphyrio porphyrio|
|The White Stork Ciguena Blanca Ciconia ciconia Stork still remains on site, on its own|
A few Moorhens but basically quiet initially and then the sight of a pair of Grey Wagtails towards the back which led our sight to a single Water Pipit. No sooner had we found another movement and (the other) Bob saw a rapidly departing Snipe and I found the skulking Bluethroat. Even better, a second bird put in an appearance right in front of the hide. Cetti's Warblers were calling and Steve had the best view of the male Marsh Harrier which had been actually standing n the water whereas we had the flight away. Lots of Stonechats about, a couple of Collared Doves and many feeding Crag Martins in the sky above. Finally, a White Wagtail put in an appearance.
|Record shot of Water Pipit Bisbita Alpino Anthus spinoletta|
Then it was off the main hide but, winder of wonders, much ground work had been undertaken since my last visit and it was now actually possible to see the Laguna de la Cana de Azucar form the open green hide. What a lovely muddy mess with mall streams at the side and rewarded with both Goldfinches and Serin along with another pair of Grey Wagtail, a male Black Redstart and even a Robin.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
|Juvenile Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus with the first signs of pink beginning to show|
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristata|
|The very vocal Cetti's Warbler Ruisenor Bastardo Cettia cetti|
More views of Red-knobbed Coots for the far hide overlooking the Trebol water including the "famous" number 290! A Robin came to perch nearby and gave us the once over and there was certainly no shortage of Terrapins. Continuing on we stopped to look at the Chameleon in his usual bush and the, overhead, another view of a passing Marsh Harrier.
|The passing Marsh Harrier guilucho Lagunero Circus aeruginosus|
Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Crag Martin, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch.
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea keeping an eye on the White Stork (see above)|
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