Saturday, 14 April 2018

Granada Coast, Granada Province.

A cracking mornings birding with good friend Juan Pérez Contreras.

Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
I met Juan out side his place and we headed off down the Motorway to the beach at Carchuna and turned in along a track which followed a channel down to the beach.The first birds seen included Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) all of which were in the gardens at the start. 
Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
In the channel we had at least 2 Robins (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), several Common Moorhens (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and a migrating Garden Warbler (Curruca Mosquitera / Sylvia borin) and in the air House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
At the botton of this track we arrived at the beach, we turned left and drove to the far end and turned around so that we had the sun behind us, as we drove along we made several stops where we scanned the sea and beach picking up Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Audouin's Gulls (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) x6, Balearic Shearwaters (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus) x7, Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) x5, Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) x1, Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) x8, Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).
Our next stop was at a spot near the eastern end of the port where we checked the channel that runs in to the sea there, on the way we saw Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and a Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) on a roundabout below the motor way into the port.
Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta).
From the bridge over the channel we saw and heard Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) before heading for Charca adding a calling Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) on the way.
Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta).
Whilst we waited for the reserve to open we had at least 7 possibly 8 Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) 3 dark and upto 5 pale phase birds pass over heading East. 
Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta).
Once we were in we went and checked Laguna del Taraje where we found the long staying male Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta) and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra). We next went to Laguna Blanca and soon found the cracking Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana) which had been there for a while along with Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) which was only heard and a Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) which I missed but Juan saw.
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
We moved around the reserve to the main hide, on the way we picked up a singing Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and several Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria) . From the hide we saw Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Red-knobbed Coots (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata), Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), 19x Great Cormorants,  2 more Green along with a single Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) and European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
We moved again checking the plantation on the left of the track on the way where we found Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli) x3, Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and a Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides) which flew in and landed in one of the trees.
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
At the next hide over looking Laguna del Trebol hearing and seeing a Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus).
Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
We next went back past the main hide and went around to the small hide over looking Laguna del Taraje where we heard a singing Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and a Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) along with Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa).
Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides).
We went back to the hide over Laguna Blanca where I again had a very brief view of the Spotted Crake along with a very close Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), a Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and 2 male Blue / Common Emperors (Anax imperator).
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
We finished off at the hide looking over Laguna del Lirio and just before we had to leave added a very smart male Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus).
Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
On the way back up to Juan's after leaving Charca we picked up Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and back on the patch 1 male and 2 female Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata).
Red-knobbed Coots (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).

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