Thursday, 11 November 2010

Laguna Herrera, Antequera, Malaga Province.

Numbers are up again.

Just a brief visit this morning as I am running a bit later than usual. The number of Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) had incressed to around 70 birds, Little Stints (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta) were steady in the mid twenties, Kentish (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) had doubled and 3 Avocets (Avoceta Común/ Recurvirostra avosetta) had reappeared. A couple of winter plumaged male Reed Buntings (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus)were new for my site list. They were part of a much larger finch and bunting flock which was made up of 50+ Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), well over a hundred Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
Other birds seen included 8 Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) the very pale bird was one of 5 birds, White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) x1, Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus) and Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus),

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