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Friday 23 February 2024

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 22nd Feb 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace.
 
8265 Catarhoe basochesiata.
Several species from last night, it was a bit warmer but wet and windy.  8265 Catarhoe basochesiata x1, 8328 Nebula ibericata x1, 8576 Eupithecia unedonata x1, 10022 Mythimna l-album (L-Album Wainscot) x1, 10343 Agrotis puta puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart) x5. 
8576 Eupithecia unedonata.
10022 Mythimna l-album (L-Album Wainscot).
10343 Agrotis puta puta (Shuttle Shaped Dart).

Thursday 22 February 2024

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Back down the fields.
Ebird List, 25 Species.
 
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
I popped down for a quick walk around the Lucerne fields, interesting species included the pair of Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) x5, Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x8+, Western Dappled (Euchloe crameri) x1 and Small White (Pieris rapae) x23+.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Huétor Fields, Granada Province, Spain.

Out for a mornings birding with friends Barbara, Derek and John.
Ebird List, 33 Species.

Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
I met Barbara and Derek Etherton and John Cantelo up at the Hotel Cortijo de Tajar where we had coffee, some breakfast and a catch up as it had been a good few years since I had seen John before heading out onto the fields, best species were Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) x25, Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), a pair of Black-winged Kites (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus), Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos), Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) x25+, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus).
After just over two hours I said goodbye to the others who headed off to the El Temple area and I made my way home and then to Loja for an appointment.

Near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

Moth Records for the 20th Feb 24.
15W Actinic on the terrace.
 
7504 Watsonalla uncinula (Spiny Hook-tip).
The temp dropped down to +3 but the Moth numbers were up and included 6496 Evergestis isatidalis x1, 7504 Watsonalla uncinula (Spiny Hook-tip) x1, 7725 Menophra japygiaria (Brassy Waved Umber) x1 and 10343 Shuttle Shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) x5. 
7725 Menophra japygiaria (Brassy Waved Umber).
10343 Shuttle Shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) female.
10343 Shuttle Shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) male.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Embalse de Cubillas, Granada Provine, Spain.

A morning birding with Juan Perez and Javier Gomez looking for a Granada Lifer.
Ebird List, 47 Species.

Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes) one of 9 birds seen.
I met Juan at the usual place at the Embalse before we relocated to another spot nearby where we met Javier who had found Granada Provinces first confirmed record of Lesser-spotted Woodpecker (Pico Menor / Dryobates minor) a few days earlier. We spent the next few hours searching and listening for the bird but without success unfortunately.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
We did however find good numbers of species including
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Redwing (Zorzal Alirrojo / Turdus illacus) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
We also checked the Embalse where we found Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).
Javier headed off and Juan and I walked back to our cars adding Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) before we headed off.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).

Monday 19 February 2024

Chipiona Port, Costa Ballena, Playa de Montijo, Bonanza Salt Pans, Lagunas de Camino Colorado in Cadiz Province, A-394 near Arahal, La Puebla de Cazalla in Sevilla Province and Fuente de Piedra in Malaga Province, Spain.

A loop back home, Birding in Cadiz, Sevilla and Malaga Provinces on the way.
Ebird List for Chipiona--Puerto, 12 Species.
Ebird List for Costa Ballena--Parque de Los Lagos, 24 Species.
Ebird List for Playa de Montijo, 21 Species.
Ebird List for Salinas de Bonanza, 29 Species.
Ebird List for Lagunas de Camino Colorado, 24 Species.
Ebird List for A-394 near Arahal, 1 Species.
Ebird List for La Puebla de Cazalla, 8 Species.
Ebird List for Fuente de Piedra, 18 Species.
 
Common Gulls (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus).
I was up before light so I headed just up the road to Chipiona where I had some breakfast before going out to the Port area where I found several Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis), lots of Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), a few House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus) adult.
Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus) 1st Winter.
I returned to Costa Ballena and checked the Parque de Los Lagos area again, there was no sign of the 
Bonaparte's Gull (Gaviota de Bonaparte / Larus philadelphia) but I did find another couple of Common Gulls (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus), an adult and a second ringed 1st Winter bird. 
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
I decided to walk down to the Laguna Norte and do a loop there and come back to the car, on the walk I saw
Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), what I think was a hybrid Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) x Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Black-headed, Mediterranean, Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) and Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
Other less water based species included Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), House Martin, Barn Swallow, Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei).
Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) x Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
I returned to the car and headed off around Chipiona to Playa de Montijo where I was hoping to catch up with Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica) and I soon found several birds in a flypast along with a few Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola) and plenty of Ruddy Turnstones.
Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus).

Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus).

Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).

Other species seen on the rising tide included Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Black-headed, Mediterranean, Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and Great Cormorant.
The Horse and trainer.
A different type of Harrier.
As I stood there a guy came down and was training a fine looking horse but he did unfortunately flush all the birds, during the visit there were also two Harrier type aircraft doing flypasts.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica) and Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).
Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola) and Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula).
Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).
As I walked back to the car I also added Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Barn Swallow, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spotless Starling, Blackbird, Black Redstart and Large White (Pieris brassicae) x2.
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) and Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
My next stop was at Bonanza Salt Pans to the North of Sanlucar but it was generally quiet, however the first bird I saw was a very smart
Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus) and then as I drove up the center track I added Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Dunlin, Sanderling, White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Barn Swallow and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
I left the area and went just up the road to the Lagunas de Camino Colorado where I checked the three pools, all of which had more water in them than on my last visit but unfortunately still held more rubbish than birds, however I did see White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Northern Shoveler, Common and Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Little Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Common Moorhen, Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) x1, Western Cattle (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and Little Egret and Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus).
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
I started to make my way back towards home via Arahal, just before I reached the A92 I picked up a nice male Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), a Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and the a crack adult Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) flew over but as there was nowhere to stop I only had brief views of a stunning bird.
Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
A little further along the A92 I made a brief stop at the large rubbish dump near the town of La Puebla de Cazalla where there were a minimum of 220 Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) but probably many more, a few Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus) and good numbers of both White Storks and Jackdaws (Grajilla / Corvus monedula).
Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus).
My final stop of the day was at Fuente de Piedra, there was a good amount of water in the pools on both sides of the entrance track but far less in the main lagoon, I checked the roadside pool first adding Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) x2, Black-winged Stilt, Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Dunlin x4, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal and Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) x8.
Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris).
Up at the main mirador I set up the scope and scanned the main lake seeing a good number of 
Greater Flamingo'sand a flock of Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) which flew out soon after I arrived and as I walked back towards the car I added Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) x4, Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) x2, Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and several Small Whites (Pieris rapae).
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
I left and headed back home via 3 Calles in Huétor where I finished the trip off with some food and a 00 beer.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Algeciras, Tarifa, La Janda, Conil de la Frontera and Costa Bellena, Cadiz Province, Spain.

A day looking for some interesting species in Cadiz Province with Ricky and Sonya.
Ebird List for Tarifa, 14 Species.
Ebird List for La Janda, 36 Species. 
Ebird List for Conil de la Frontera, 35 Species.
Ebird List for Parque de Los Lagos, 27 Species.
 
Garden / Common Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus).
I left the house early so that I could meet Friends Ricky and Sonya in Algeciras where I was hoping to see a longish staying male Blue-winged Teal (Cerceta Aliazul / Anas discors) but unfortunately it was hiding somewhere out of sight whilst we were there but was seen by another birder later in the day, we didn't stay long really as the area was not to pleasant smelling a large amounts of what smelt like raw sewage was being let directly into the river which Ricky really enjoyed 😃😃😃
Garden / Common Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus).

Whilst we were there we did see Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Siskin (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
We returned to the cars, Ricky and Sonya headed for a site near La Janda and I made my way to the Municipal car Park in Tarifa where I was hoping to see the single remaining Garden / Common Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus), I parked and stayed in the bottom corner of the Parking area and picked up Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Sardinian Warbler, Yellow-legged Gull, Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Collared Dove, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and after around 20 minutes I heard the distinctive call of the Bulbul and found it in an Orange tree just outside the car park where it stayed calling occasionally and was still sat there when I left.
 Two-leaved Gennaria (Gennaria diphylla).
 Two-leaved Gennaria (Gennaria diphylla).
Romulea clusiana.
My next stop was in the Pines just to the North of the town where I found quite a few spikes of Two-leaved Gennaria (Gennaria diphylla), Romulea clusiana, Bermuda Buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae) and Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima).
Short-eared Owl (Buho Campestre / Asio flammeus).
Short-eared Owl (Buho Campestre / Asio flammeus).
I pushed on again and made my way to La Janda, on the way I saw Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), White Wagtail and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
I drove along the track next to the main Canal but it was extremely quiet and I only saw Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Grey Heron, Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Common Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) and as I took the track across to the farm and then on wards through the wild olive fields I added House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and a female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita).
Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita).
I reached the point where a few weeks ago I had seen several Little Buntings (Escribano pigmeo / Emberiza pusilla) so I spent a while checking the trees and I soon found at least 3 Buntings but also added Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), the first 3 of quite a few Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus), Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Corn Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Western Cattle Egret, Barn Swallow, Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), a calling Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), 1 of 4 Short-eared Owls (Buho Campestre / Asio flammeus) that had been flushed from a tree nearby earlier as well as Small White (Pieris rapae), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).
Caspian Terns (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia).
I moved on again and popped into the cliffs at Vejer de la Frontera where I checked in on the breeding colony of introduction Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita) and found 17 birds.
Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii).
I checked my phone and saw that Ricky and Sonya were heading for a spot near Conil de la Frontera where there has been a Richards Pipit (Bisbita de Richard / Anthus richardi) for a few days, he had sent me a pin to a place to park and where they would be looking for the bird so I headed up there as it was by now only 20 minutes away.
Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus).


Once I was on site I could see Sonya and Ricky away up the beach near the Búnker de Castilnovo so I made my way there seeing Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Yellow-legged, Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii) and Caspian Tern (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia).
Sonya and Ricky off in the distance.

Ricky and I walked up the Dune area towards the Torre Vigía de Castilnovo and just before we reach it Ricky picked up a large Pipit but it was behind a clump of Juncus to me but it walked out into the open and sure enough it was the target bird, a Spanish Lifer for me as I have dipped on on several occasions.
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Sand Lotus (Lotus creticus).
Other species seen as we walked around included Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), White Wagtail, Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Meadow Pipit, Jackdaw, Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Northern Bald Ibis and Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) x3.
Richards Pipit (Bisbita de Richard / Anthus richardi).
Richards Pipit (Bisbita de Richard / Anthus richardi).
appy with seeing the Pipit Ricky and I returned to Sonya and we had some food as that they had kindly bought some for me as well, I must say it's the best Empanada (made by Sonya) and Pork Pie (made by Ricky).
Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Sonya and I walked back towards the car whilst Ricky and another Spanish birder that he knew continued to search for the bird, just as we left them the bird flew up and we heard it call but we didn't see it but a few seconds later it flew again and we all managed to get brief but good views.
Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii).
Also seen during the walk we saw Sand Lotus (Lotus creticus), Western Dappled (Euchloe crameri) and Small White (Pieris rapae), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina) and 3x Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica). 
Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
Sonya and I reached the car and I headed off North to Costa Bellena, on the way I saw Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna).
Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus) 1st winter.
I first visited the larger Laguna Norte looking for a Bonaparte's Gull (Gaviota de Bonaparte / Larus philadelphia) that had been reported, I parked and walked around the surroundings seeing Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Western Cattle Egret, White Wagtail, Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Black-headed, Yellow-legged, Lesser Black-backed, Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Audouin's and a 1st winter Common Gull (Gaviota Cana / Larus canus) with a colour ring.
Bonaparte's Gull (Gaviota de Bonaparte / Larus philadelphia).

Bonaparte's Gull (Gaviota de Bonaparte / Larus philadelphia).

Also seen at the site were
Small White, Small Copper, Red Admiral and a single Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger), next I went to the Hotel and checked in before going up to Parque de Los Lagos where I found the 1st winter Bonaparte's Gull amongst a group of Black-heads as well as Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Tufted Duck (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) x3, Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) x16, Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).