Sunday, 17 September 2017

Cazalla watch Point and Chipiona area, Cadiz Province.

More Raptors and some fast movers eventually.
John and Sharon, Day Three.

Ruppell's Vulture (Buitre Moteado / Gyps rueppellii).
Jayne and Barb spent the morning around the town of Tarifa whilst Sharon, John and I to the far side of the town where we found European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), a calling Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), a couple of Lesser (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) on the church and Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Next we went back up to Cazalla watch point where the conditions were much better than yesterday and the birds started to flow through quite early and in good numbers. 
Ruppell's Vulture (Buitre Moteado / Gyps rueppellii).
Before long we had seen Honey Buzzard (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus), Short-toed (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) and Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Griffon (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Egyptian (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) and Ruppell's Vulture (Buitre Moteado / Gyps rueppellii) which I was very pleased to have picked out myself, Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), 2 sizable flocks of Black Storks (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra), several Pallid (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and Alpine Swifts (Vencejo Real / Apus melba), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Cattle Egrets, Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax) and on the rocks out on a nearby ridge Sharon picked up a passage Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
Black Storks (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra).
We had picked up the bird that was needed (Ruppell's Vulture) so we picked Jayne and Barb up a bit early and headed north to Chipiona with just a quick stop at La Janda to scan the pylons along the first bit of track looking for but failing to find Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus). We did see Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Whinchat (Tarabilla Nortena / Saxicola rubetra), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Iberian / Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Zitting Cisticola, Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus).
We arrived at Chipiona adding Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) on the way before having some lunch and then checked the port area, after a bit of a search we picked up two Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis) amongst the Yacht masts along with a single Pallid, Barn Swallows and House Martins.
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
In the same area we picked up Little (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons) and Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita).
We moved on to a beach just up the road where we checked through some roosting waders finding Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) and a single Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica).
A short way along the beach we found a flock of roosting Black-headed Gull with singles of both Whiskered (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus) and Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo) in the mix.
From here we drove home only stopping for a quick coffee on the way and the tapas in Huétor later.

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