Following a very enjoyable day's birding and much bonhomie over an evening meal at the Blanca Brisa Hotel in Cabo de Gata, this morning, whilst still clear and sunny, was somewhat colder duel to the strong wind. (But much better when in the lees of the hills and quite warm.) Olly drove over from Roquetas to join us and, again, we were somewhat surprised by the lack of bird about but, having said that, as yesterday we certainly had some good sightings.
Bob Ashford had a couple of Cattle Egrets on the way to the first hide and then time was spent checking out the top end of the water along with the wires behind us where we picked up Stonechat and Iberian Grey Shrike to add to the Raven already seen by John and Jenny. Almost a dozen Black-tailed Godwits in front of the hide and a couple of Dartford Warblers that were determined to be seen by all. The lone Curlew was foraging the spit in front and both a Hoopoe then small flocks of Serin and Linnet flew over. We even had a pair of Jackdaw put in an appearance. After seeing a single Redshank we then took note of the Flamingo working the water itself.
|Lots of early excitement as we thought we had found a couple of Shag. But not to be as when scoped they turned out to be Cormorant Cormoran Grande Phalacrocorax carbo
|A rather sleepy female Trumpeter Finch Camachuelo Trompetero Bucanetes githagineus
With all looking quiet and time pushing on, we made our way back through the village and stopped for a coffee before heading along the beach to the rambla. Whilst here we watched a couple of Gannets diving out at sea and then on the drive to the rambla picked up a small flock of Meadow Pipits along with the occasional Crested Lark and at least one Thekla Lark. Lots of water in the end pool and a good number of Flamingos, mainly youngsters. The ducks on view were limited to abut a dozen Shoveler and a handful of Mallard. Then a quartet of Common Pochard along with two Coot. But three "strangers" concealed behind the Coot turned out to be Black-tailed Godwits.
|A selection of Flamingos Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus
|Juvenile Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus with both Mallard Anade Azulon and Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris behind. But look closer and you will find our three Black-tailed Godwits Aguja Colinegra Limosa limosa near the reeds
|Golden Plover ChorlitoDorado Europeo Pluvius apricaria
|A few of the 17 Golden Plover ChorlitoDorado Europeo Pluvius apricaria (PHOTO: Bob Ashford)
Shelduck, Mallard, Shover, Pochard, Gannet, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Flamingo, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Stone Curlew, Kentish Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little Stint, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Sky Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Iberian Grey Shrike, Magpie, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
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