Saturday, 3 October 2015

Charca Suarez and Granada City, Granada Province.

Some wetland birding in the morning, then lunch and the afternoon in Granada City.
Day five with Bob Ruvolo from New York, USA.

We headed out early and made our way down to the coast at Motril where we visited the wetlands but before the reserve opened we checked the area to the rear nearby and picked up Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Willow (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus) and Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Collared (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and two Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur). We made our way around the reserve and easily filled the time taking some photographs on the way around. During the visit we saw several Kingfishers (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) including a ver nice bird from the new hide which showed very well as well as Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos),  Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus). We went around towards the main hide calling at the second new hide over looking the far end of Laguna del Taraje but only saw a female Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca). Once we were in the main hide we adding singles of both White-headed (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) and Ferruginous Ducks (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) along with Purple Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), 4x Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), immature Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Grey (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Squacco Herons (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides). We continued on around the reserve we picked up Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Cattle (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Sand (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and the usual reintrodution Red-knobbed Coots (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).
Other species seen during the visit included Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Small Whites (Artogeia rapae), Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis) which we only heard.
We finished at the reserve and headed to Granada City where we had lunch and a good stroll around some of the sights with a visit to part of the Cathedral before we headed back to Huétor.

Photographs from the top: Kingfishers (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) x3, Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).

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