A walk around the Padul wetland with Juan.
Jayne and I headed up to Granada to Juan Perez and Beatriz's apartment where Jayne and Beatriz spent a coupleof hours working on Beatriz's English. Juan and I headed off to Padul for a couple of hours birding. We parked at the bar above the site and took the track down towards the visitor centre checking out the willow scrub areas on the way to the ringing / feeding station amongst the taller trees. During this walk we saw several Nightingales (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), a nice male Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), both male and female Pied Flycatchers (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus). We turn around from feeding station and made our way back the way we had just come on the way we picked up the species Juan had wanted a Garden Warbler (Curruca Mosquitera / Sylvia borin) and a group of white flowered Borage (Borago officinalis) plants. Once we were out in the open with a view of the main lake we could see the nest of a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) which was right out in the middle of the lake in an isolated tree. From this area we could also see a pair and a half of Great Crested Grebes (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) on the lake and in the air there were a few House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). We then moved on and continued along the board walk around to the hide on the smelly channel, on the way we had good views of a Great Reed Warbler (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus) singing from the top of a track side tree, Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis). On the way we also saw a few Iberian Water Frogs (Rana Común / Rana Perezi), Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
From the hide we did not add many species but we did pick up Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica). We then headed back around to the car and then we headed back to Juans and then home.
Photograph: Borage (Borago officinalis) plant.