Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Fuente de Piedra and Arroyo Marin, Malaga Province and Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.

A local day amongst the rather dry wetlands, woodlands and Mountains.
John and Sharon Holian, day four.

John, Sharon and I headed along the A92 and through the Town of Fuente de Piedra to the Laguna's but the as expected there was not a great deal of water. We parked and walked up to the centre and around to the mirador where we scanned through the distant group of Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) looking for one of the birds from the three pairs of the Lesser Flamingo's (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor) but we could not find any sign of them. In the area we did however see Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plovers (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) as well as Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii). The two hides behind the centre were completly dry so we headed back to the car park where we met a Spanish birder who told us that all the Lagoons around Campillos were also dry so we decided to head for Arroyo Marin instead.
We drove back along the A92 and around Archidona to the valley below and into the woodlands, we parked and walked a short distance along the track in amongst the woods. During the walk we added Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Coal Tits (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Bonelli's (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Melodious (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), Subalpine (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans) and Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephalba), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Spotted (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) and Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) as well as Small (Artogeia rapae) and Large Whites (Pieris brassicae), Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) and Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica).
Our last stop of the day was up on Sierra de Loja where we drove right across to the far side near Charca de Negra and then back seeing several new species including Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), a Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata), Black-eared Wheatear (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica) and several Cardinal Fritillaries (Pandora / argynnis Pandora). From here we headed back to the house.

Photographs from the top: John and Sharon.

1 comment:

Bas said...

wat is het heerlijk om samen zo te genieten van al het moois wat de natuur te bieden heeft.