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. 
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
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). 
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
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. 
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
We did not have time to check for rings so we decided to return later.
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
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. 
Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus).
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). 
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
After the sea watch we made our way to Charca de Suarez hearing a calling Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) on the way. 
Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia).
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 (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.
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
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.
Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) juv.
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.
Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
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).
Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
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).
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata) chick.
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 Western Swamp Hens.
Adult and immature Night Herons (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).
At 13.00 we left the reserve and Juan drove us back to Granada and then I went home.

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