Saturday 13 March 2010

Los Barrios and Home, Cadiz Province.

The trip home.
Fruit Market.
We got up and started on our way home but we firstly called in at Los Barrios and picked up all the species seen over the last two days plus Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Fruit Market.
We then spent some time around the local market in the centre of town which had some of the best looking fruit stalls I have seen in Spain.
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia).
We then made our way back home via Guacin, Ronda and Campillos, Passing many White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) nests.

Friday 12 March 2010

Los Barrios and near Tarifa, Cadiz Province.

Day Two, Catching up with the Migrants.

Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
The day started with me dropping Jayne off at the boarder crossing on to Gibraltar and I returned to the fields near Los Barrios looking for the Long-legged Buzzard (Busardo Moro / Buteo fufinus). The Cattle Egrets (Gorilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta), Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia) and White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) were all still there, along with about 30 Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and a few Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
The early migrating birds from Africa started to arrive with good numbers of Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans); about 70 birds were seen along with 20+ Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus). Along the ridge amongst the pylons a couple of spiraling columns of Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) were seen moving east. On the other side of the Autovia I started to check out several farm tracks and quickly located a couple of Ospreys (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus), Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus), Montagu's (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) and Marsh Harriers (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus) and my first Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) of the year.
Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Later I went further along the coast towards Tarifa and stopped at a mirador where I started to pick up a few passage raptors, the first was an adult Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus), followed by good numbers of Griffon Vultures and Short-toed Eagles.
I returned to the site at Los Barrios and still did not find the Buzzard but relocated the two Ospreys easily as both were in the same place as when I left. I also added Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Meadow Pipit (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricapilla), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis). 
Gibraltar West Beach.
On the way back to Gibraltar to meet Jayne I picked up Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Somria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocorax carbo).
I did not do any birding on Gibraltar, I meet Jayne and we had some lunch before having a drive down to Europa point and around on to the beach areas on the east side. The over whelming memory was of rubbish, more rubbish and lots of mess, when there are some nice beaches in the local areas just over the boarder I don’t see any reason to visit the place.

Thursday 11 March 2010

Algeciras, Los Barrios and La Linea, Cadiz Province.

Day one of our Holiday.

Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Jayne and I set off for a few days away down in the area around Algeciras and Los Barrios. After finding a nice room in the AC Hotel in La Linea we headed down to the shopping area at Los Barrios and spent the rest of the morning getting a few bits and pieces. Later in the day we headed for an area of wet land just before the town of Los Barrios where I was hopeing to see the wintering Long-legged Buzzard (Busardo Moro / Buteo rufinus). 
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta).
We arrived and immediately picked up a Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) passing East. On the waterlogged fields there were 50+ Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), a dozen or so Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta) and a few White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia). The Buzzard was not seen but several other species were seen including Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Somria / Larus fuscus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer Domesticus) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba). Later we returned to La Linea and found something to eat and made our way back to the hotel.