Wednesday, 17 February 2016

El Faro and Guadalhorce, Malaga Province.

Dipped on both target species down on the coast in Malaga Province.

Jayne and I headed down to the coast where we visited Guzman Garden centre before going to Fuengirola where I dropped Jayne at the Miramar before going to the rocks at El Faro. I parked and crossed the coastal highway to the path and turned west towards the hide on the way I saw Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plovers (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Once I was at the hide I sat for an hour or so and watched the sea to see what passed by, species seen included Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Audouin's Gulls (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), a single Razorbill (Alca Común / Alca torda) and several Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).
Later I met Jayne and then we went to the River mouth at Guadalhorce looking for but again dipping on the flock of Common Scoters (Negrón Común / Melanitta nigra) but I did add Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus), a single Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla) which hung around for a few minutes just off the rocks, House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), and Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).

Photographs from the top: 2x Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).

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