Saturday, 1 July 2017

RAM and Charca Suarez, Granada Province.

Birding the Coast of Granada Province.

Roosting Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis).
I met Juan Pérez Contreras in Granada, on the way I had an Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) fly across the motorway and a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) which was on a roadside telegraph post. We went down to Peñón de Jolúcar near Motril in Juans vehicle seeing Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops). Before we went to do the seawatch we checked a site for roosting Shags (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and found that there were at least 10 birds at the site. We did not have time to check for rings so we decided to return later.
Once we were up on the top of the cliffs we started the seawatch and recorded Cory's (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea) and Balearic Shearwaters (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Audouin's Gulls (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii) which were out sea. Inland and in the air we saw Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Crag (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala). 
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
After the sea watch we made our way to Charca de Suarez hearing a calling Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) on the way. Once we were in the reserve we went to the hide over looking Laguna del Taraje where we had views of European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Common Moorhen
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
(Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) and an immature Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus) which was well hidden in the reeds.
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
We moved on to the new hide over looking the new lake seeing Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) and hearing Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) on the way.
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
From the hide we saw a Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) briefly, Black-rumped (Estrilda troglodytes) and Common Waxbills (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and then the Black-tailed Godwit came into view from behind the reeds and showed well for the cameras.
Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus).
We later walked around to the main hide over looking the Laguna de las Aneas, on the water we had a male Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata), Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Red-rumped Swallow and adult and immature Night Herons (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
We continued on around the reserve and had a look from the two hides over looking Laguna del Trébol but we had nothing new but we did see more Red-knobbed Coots, a Little Grebe on a nest, a couple of Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Stripe-necked Terrapins (Mauremys leprosa) and Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis).
Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia).
On Laguna del Lirio we had another couple of Night Herons, a male Little Bittern, a family of Red-knobbed Coots and adult and immature Purple-swamp Hens.
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
At 13.00 we left the reserve and Juan drove us back to Granada and then I went home.

Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) juv.
Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata) chick.
Adult and immature Night Herons (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).

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