A Morning down on the coast birding.
|Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).|
|Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus).|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).|
At the end of the seawatch we headed to the Port where we spent a while trying to find Gulls, let alone any with rings on. The Port has got far busier in the last year or so and the bird numbers have dropped drastically but we did find a few Lesser-black Backed and Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) but none with rings on.
Whilst driving around we disturbed a female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) which was feeding on a Collared Dove, quite a big catch and when she flew it made her work quite hard. In the area we also picked up Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and a Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) which was sat on the end of a distant concrete sea wall.
|Female Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).|
|Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).|
We then retraced our steps back to the gate and went around the reserve in the usual direction calling at the hide over looking the first pool, here we had 3 Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera),lots more Crag Martins, Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
|Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra).|
We also saw three of the introduced Red-knobbed Coots (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), GreyWagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
|Red-knobbed Coots (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).|
|Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca).|
|Black-necked Grebes (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).|
We then started to make our way home via the agricultural areas near Charca but again we added nothing new there so we made our way back to Granada and then I headed towards home. I took the short cut from the Motorway across through Mesia and over the fields, just after turning on to the first track I picked up a flock of Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) which were feeding on weeds near a couple of new pools dug out in the fields. When they went up I counted 37 birds but missed a fewso I guess that there were somewhere between 40 and 45 birds in the flock, before I got home I also so saw 55+
|Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).|
Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), 120+ Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus).
|Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild).|