RFH Walk and the Laguna.
Today’s walk was around the usual Sunday morning loop at El Chorro with a three KM uphill extension added in by Antonio. In amongst the pine trees on the first part of the stroll several Common Crossbills (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) were heard chipping as they flew over and at least one male was in full song from one of the taller trees. A Tit flock passed through the Eucaliptus trees along the river and included Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Great (Carbonero Común / Parus major) and Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus). Also seen in the woods and along the river were Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cetti’s Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
On the uphill stretch we were out in a more rocky terrain were we saw a couple of male Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) having a scrap, Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and once at the top we added a dozen or so Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), some in flight but most were still perched on the crags. On the way back to the hotel after the hike I picked up Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocorax carbo) and Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) on the firs of the lakes and on the fields near Campillos I added 7 Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) and a couple of Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
Once the clients were dropped off at the hotel I went for a quick look a the Lagoon thinking the hunter might have cleared off but several were still prowling on the margins. 3 immature Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) were still at the site along with 25 Little Stints (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), 30+ Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), 12 Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), 70 odd Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Avocet (Avoceta Común/ Recurvirostra avosetta). On the margins and in the dykes I added Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), 60+ Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), along with a couple of Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), 3x Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Meadow Pipit (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis), Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) and 100s of White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Photograph: Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber.