An hour on the fields and two with Bob Wright at Moraleda.
|Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).|
As I walked out to the car I could hear a Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea) singing over head, several Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) rattling from the Fig tree and a Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) which was scratching out a song from the far side of the barranco.
On my way down to the bar at the end of the road I started the list off with several Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), a couple of newly arrived Turtle Doves (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
|Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).|
Also seen along this stretch were more Iberian Magpies (30+), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis). I retraced my steps back to the road picking up Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) and Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
|Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra).|
After watching the Whinchat flycatching for a while I headed off to meet Bob and from the hotel we headed out to the agricultural areas on the other side of the A92. As soon as we arrived we picked up a pair of Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) on a fallow strip of field and got out of the car to scope them but unfortunally they flew but gave us nice flight views, over the next few minutes we had another couple fly passed and thena flock of six birds which were more distant. In the air we could see and hear several Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) and Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus).
|Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis).|
|Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).|
We continued on checking another Almond grove for Great Spotted Cuckoo's (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) but failed and had to make do with stunning views of the pair of Rollers feeding down on the ground and perched in the trees.I had only got a couple of hours so we started to make our way back to wards the hotel but took the cross country route through more Almond groves and before long we heard and eventually saw a cracking adult Great-spotted Cuckoo which sat out nicely but a bit distant for the camera. Once this bird had flown off we continued on down the track and within a couple of hundred meters Bob called stop and there was another Cuckoo sat in a tree right at the side of the car which sat nicely for the camera.
|European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).|
On Balsa de Rigedor we could see Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) as we drove passed. I dropped Bob back at his car and he started his journy over to Ronda via Laguna Dulce and other places on the way and I headed off home picking up a Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) on the way.
|Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus).|