A few disappointing hours at the Wetlands.
I dropped Jayne in the City and then dropped down to Padul and started the visit at the small pool below the main road but found that due to a lack of maintenance it was impossible to view any thing from the hide its self as the vegetation blocked all the viewing slots. In the area I did however start the list with Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula). I walked the board walks around to the smelly canal and had some good views of several Water Rails (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula). I continued on down to the hide a little way down the track but found the vegetation problem was the same here and made worse by the dirty gits who had used the corner as a toilet. On the walk back around to the car I picked up Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and several of both Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope).
Once I was back at the car I drove the track right around the reserve scanning the fields as I went and found Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), a couple of very smart Whinchats (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), 2 adult and an Immature Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
I pulled of the track and thought that it might be third time lucky with the hides but disappointment again as it was almost imposable again to see any of the lake so I only managed to glimpse a couple of Great Cormorants (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) through the reeds. By this time I was totally hacked off so I headed back up to the City early and met up with Jayne and we had some lunch before heading home.