Monday 21 January 2019

Charca de Suarez

Monday 21 January

Running ahead of schedule on my way to an appointment at nearby Velez de Benaudalla so took the opportunity to swing over to the Charca de Suarez reserve near Motril, even if for only ten minutes.  Usual suspects as I approached and entered including White Wagtail and House Sparrow and on departure managed to pick up both a Buzzard feeding on road kill and a trio of over-flying Cattle Egret.

Common Teal Cerceta Comun Anas crecca

However, the the main hide overlooking the Laguna del Alamo Blanco produced a range of water birds including 9 Moorhen, 7 Teal and a couple of Mallards.  Three Snipe bust feeding along the edges and a pair of Purple Swamphens strolled out of the tall grass with that look of love in their eyes - but I think the fellow got the proverbial brush off.  meanwhile, the solitary White Stork remained standing aloof on its reedy island keeping an eye on what the little fellows were up to.

Common Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago

Making my way back to the car, not only a number of feeding Chiffchafff but a couple of male Blackbirds.  Eleven species in ten minutes.  I wonder if that would equate to 60 if I had an hour to spare!

Birds seen:
Mallard, Teal, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Buzzard, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow.

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