|Spotted Flycatcher Musciapa striata
Tuesday 10 May
Back in Velez de Benaudalla by mid-afternoon so
decided to pay an evening visit to the Charca
de Suarez in Motril. AS usual I approached
the site by driving east along the Camino Patria and had soon recorded Collared Dove and Barn Swallows. However, best
of all a patient Turtle Dove sitting
on the wires awaiting its personal photo call. Also recorded before arriving on
site a couple of Rock Doves, House Sparrows, a pair of Goldfinches and almost a dozen Serin.
|Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Once inside the reserve straight to the Laguna del Taraje, passing a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, Blackbirds and a pair of Greenfinches, where only Mallards, a single Little Grebe and a departing pair of Little Egrets were recorded.
The hide at the far end had a pair of Mallard, Red-knobbed Coot
and a couple of Moorhen on show.
|Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
On to the Laguna
del Alamo Bklanco where the grass seemed even higher and completely blocked
out any view of the back but the falling levels had produced mud and, in turn,
this had attracted a Common Sandpiper,
Ringed Plover and couple of Dunlin.
Meanwhile, lots of noise from the resident Cetti’s Warblers. House Martins continued to fly overhead
as I made way back into the main reserve and the clockwise path.
|Dunlin Calidris alpina
rested beneath a bush as I passed and once inside the hide it was obvious that
the main occupants of the Laguna de las Aneas
were a mixture of Mallards and Red-knobbed Coots. Just a handful of Common Coots and a couple of Common
Pochard. Checking the edges found a lovely Heron and almost a dozen Little
Egrets either roosting in a tree or on the far bank. However, keeping quite next to one of the
above Little Egrets an adult Night Heron and a second not more than
two metres away but well hidden by the greenery.
|Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Plenty of Moorhen
to be seen and even more surprising at least eleven Common Sandpipers, mainly resting atop the poles sticking up out of
the water. Just the four Cormorants on the water and another Little Grebe before time to make my
exit from the shortened visit with only the many calling Reed Warblers to add to the species list for the evening but also a pair of Spotted Flycatchers that seemed to stay with me for the length of the track.
|Common Sandpipers Actitis hypoleucos
Mallard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Night
Heron, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Common Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Ringed Plover,
Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Barn Swallow,
House Martin, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Spotted
Flycatcher, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Heron Ardea cinerea
|Male House Sparrow Passer domesticus
|Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata with sole remaining chick