A few new Birds and Orchids for the year.
|Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor).|
On my way down town I went via the fields and had a look along the river picking up a pair of Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Meadow Pipit (Bistita Común / Anthus pratensis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
|Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor).|
On a flooded field which reminded me somewhat of the rice paddies over at La Janda I added a couple of Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and what for my local patch is an uncommon bird a single Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta).
On my way up to the town I also had very close views of a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was perched in a road side Poplar.
|Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax).|
I meet Juan Perez at the Hotel just off the A92 exit 203 and we headed out to Fuente de Piedra to see if we could catch up with the couple of Lesser Flamingo’s (Phoenicopterus minor) which had been reported on Andy Patterson’s Blog www.birdingthecosta.com Our first stop was by the hide on the west shore where we scanned through the Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) looking for the Lesser’s but the water level was quite a bit lower that the last time I was there and the Flamingo’s were more over towards the Eastern shore but we did picked up a few Avocets (Avoceta Común/ Recurvirostra avosetta), a Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and a Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
|Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa Glareola).|
We arrived at the entrance to the main centre and Juan immediately picked up a pair of Stone-curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) on the field to the right of the track and on the pool to the left we saw good numbers of Northern Shoveler (Cuchara Común / Anas clypeata) and Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) along with Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
|Juan photographing the Champagneuxii|
In the air good numbers of migrating Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus) were joined by the newly arrived Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica). We parked and went out on to the board walk where we soon started to add some waders to the list, several Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) were present including a male which looked like he would be a fine sight in full breeding plumage, a single Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa Glareola), half a dozen Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Little Ringed Plover and Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).
|Ophrys Bilunulata / subfusca|
Our next stop was in the right hand hide over looking the smaller of the pools, again there were loads of Northern Shovelers, a few Mallards, new birds for the day included a female type Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Around in the hide over looking the bigger pool we had soon located several Whiskered Terns (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chlidonias hybridus) including at least to birds in none breeding 1st summer plumage. Also seen here were Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Lots more Northern Shovelers, Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
|Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).|
We then made our way across country to Laguna Dulce, on the way we called at a viewing point above the Eastern shore of the main lagoon and got much better views of the one pair of Lesser Flamingo's, we then scanned a little further to the left and found 3 more birds roosting and further out in the main flock we picked up another pair giving us a grand total of 7 Lesser's. Further on along the drive we saw another Common Buzzard and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus).
|Fan-lipped Orchid (Orchis colina).|
On the margins a couple of Greater Flamingo’s were feeding along with at least 3 Purple Swamp-hens (Calamón Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Moorhen, Common Snipe, Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), a Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and several White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
|O. x gennarii|
We continued on past the first of the Ardales lakes to one of the sites I had been to a few days earlier with Ian Phillips and Michael Lowe looking at Orchids, Juan had unfortunately had not been able to join us. Here we found several spikes of Ophrys Bilunulata / subfusca and Ophrys malacitana, we both took quite a few photographs before moving to the second orchid spot just the other side of Ardales where we soon found Somber Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca / foresteri), Ophrys subfusca and Fan-lipped Orchid (Orchis colina).
|Ophrys x peltieri.|
At the same sit we found the hybrid between Orchis papilionacea and Champagneuxii (O. x gennarii) and another strange little Ophrys which we are still checking out which turned out to be Ophrys x peltieri. Thanks Juan, yet another cracking day.