|Distant Serin Verdicillo Serinus serinus
|Yellow Wagtail (Iberian) Lavandera Boyera Centroeuropea Motacilla flava flava
Still not finished as once in the red bed Jon asked about a small brown bird with black on its face. Black on the rear end could be the less common form of Waxbill so bins on the spot and a handful of Linnets located. However, Jon the spent time with the Collins and identified the bird that he and Nancy had seen; a pair of Penduline Tits. I should have sent longer checking out the reeds rather than assume I had located the unidentified bird. So extra brownie points to Jon and Nancy; worthy members, now, of the Andalucia Bird Society.
The morning had started well with the sighting of Spotless Starlings, Serins and Goldfinches along with a small flock of Greenfinch. Not just House Sparrows but also a couple of well exposed Zitting Cisticola, a passing Hoopoe and a hovering Kestrel. Then on to the river with the occasional Cormorant flying over and Coots paddling about up stream. Crested Larks on the scrapes behind and a number of White Wagtails on the river bank. Our first wader was a good sighting of a Green Sandpiper and then more Moorhens and even a couple of skulking Heron.
With good numbers of Barn Swallow and House Martin feeding overhead we then also found Crag Martins whist back on the water a pair of mallard drifted down stream. Nancy picked out the foraging Water Pipit and Jon discovered the Blue-headed Wagtail under the bank just below the ford. A Common Sandpiper appeared alongside one of the, now, two Green Sandpipers present giving good views and a chance to compare size and markings. Only one Little Egret as we made our way across the ford to check out the field above. here we found more Crested Lark and a Little Ringed Plover in the drainage channel. Another Kestrel overhead and also Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The nearby bushes produced the first Sardinian Warbler of the day, Chiffchafffs were feeding in the trees and a Blackbird flew away.
|Common Sandpiper Andarrios Chico Actitis hypoleucos
|Record shot of feeding Sparrowhawk Gavilan Comun Accipiter nisus
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus
|Common Pochard Porron Europeo Aythya ferina
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus with Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
At least three pairs of White-headed Duck on the Laguna Escondida plus Little Grebe, just the two, a few Coot and Moorhen and a shy heron at the far end. Finally, we spent considerable time at the Laguna Grande where at least 30 Cormorants were counted, many in full breeding plumage. A Trio of Collared Doves put in a visit and below the hide we had excellent views of Chiffchaff, Black-winged Stilt, both White and another Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail followed by a visit of a Common Sandpiper.
|Booted Eagle Aguililla calzada Hieraaetus pennatus
|Black-necked Grebes Podiceps nigricollis surrounded by White-headed Ducks Oxyura leucocephala
|A bit of everything! can you spot four species?
Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Penduline Tit, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.
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