Thursday 21 October
|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea at the Charca|
Almost in residence so time for an afternoon visit to nearby Charca de Suarez in Motril. Taking the Camino Patricia route along the back of the reserve, I first recorded a passing Kestrel followed by a dozen feeding Cattle Egret as they followed the ploughing tractor. A male Stonechat on the wires then House Sparrows before arriving on site with a second Kestrel.
|Stonechat Saxicola torquatus|
Straight to the Laguna del Taraje in lovely, warm late afternoon sunshine to find, yet again, no shortage pf water and tall vegetation. A score of Mallard and a single Moorhen but, even more obvious, right in front of me, a Purple Swamphen. A Little Grebe made its way to the far right and was replaced by an approaching Shoveler. Moving to the hide at the other end of the water a trio of Gadwall and the first Red-knobbed Coot.
Very little to be seen at the Laguna del Alamo Blanco with too much water and lots of tall grasses. A sleeping Greenshank and a well-hidden
Heron in addition to a couple of Mallard
and a Moorhen. Moving on to the main hide overlooking the Laguna de las Aneas first a Robin then an over-flying Blackbird, the first of a quintet to be
seen during the visit.
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
|Heron Ardea cinerea|
Once settle in the hide obvious that there were still numerous Common Coot to be seen along with more Red-knobbed Coots. A single Little Egret resting on the island in front and many more Mallard and a good number of Shoveler. The occasional Little Grebe before searching the far end where I found Pochard and a trio of Ferruginous Duck. Also in attendance a dozen Cormorant and as many Black-headed along with a quartet of Yellow-legged Gulls. Lovely to find a couple of Teal and, of course, very many more Moorhen. However, pride of place probably goes to the dozen Grey Heron perched around the back.
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca|
Nothing new when I arrived at the Laguna del Trebol but more Red-knobbed Coot but upon walking round to the hide at the southern end of the water a Grey Wagtail and feeding Chiffchaff. A Collared Dove came to visit and then a Robin appeared in the bushes to my right. Having followed the movement I eventually found the foraging Cetti’s Warbler in the dense undergrowth and in the reeds to my right a Stonechat.
|Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata|
The last visit was to the Laguna del Lirio where, in addition to the trio of Red-knobbed Coot and single Moorhen a visit by a male Blackcap was a new species for the evening. Leaving the reserve I was pleased to see the arrival of a dozen Crag Martins circling the adjacent apartment blocks obviously down from the mountains to start their winter break at lower levels and searching for a preferred roosting site now that the sun had dipped and the evening temperature was falling. And now sixteen Cattle Egrets as I returned by the same route.
|Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Common Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Crag Martin, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow.
|Gadwall Anas strepera|
|Shovler Anas clypeata|
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
|Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata|