Sunday, 22 January 2017

Charca Suarez, Torre del Mar and near Zafarraya, Granada and Malaga Province.

The last day of Steve's tour with Granada Wildlife.

Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
Steve, Jayne and I headed down to Motril where Steve and I went into Charca Suarez and Jayne went for a very long walk along the beach. Steve and I started off by going to the New hide and spent some time there watching to see what came out of the reed beds or passed through the area. We saw Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) and Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), a Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) which flashed across in front of the hide, Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta) and many Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).
Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca).
From here we checked the small hide on the long pool where we added Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
The main hide was our next stop where we boosted the list Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) and a gang of Perez's Frogs (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) on the margins. 
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
We walked back towards the new hide seeing Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), my first House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) of the year, on the way we were suprised to find a worn but still flying Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), several Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria) and a few calling Stripe-less Tree Frogs (Hyla meridionalis).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I left Steve in the hide and went out to meet up with Jayne and we went for a coffee, then a walk along the beach where we had vews of a single Monarch (Danaus plexippus) flying and feeding on garden plants.
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Once Steve joined us we headed along the coast and had some lunch in Torre del Mar where we saw Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and later at Caleta Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
On our way home we called in at the disused railway walk just below Ventas de Zafaraya but it was very very windy and we only saw Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), a displaying Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) and a cliff walking Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Cabra pyreaica).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
We then headed home and had a few beers down in the town.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum).

Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita).

Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata).

1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).

Adult Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).

Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).

Winter adult Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).

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