Our first days birding in the Doñana.
Day Two: Doñana and Extremadura tour.
I was up early and had a short stroll at the back of my room and started the day list off with a calling Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and a pair of Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica).
|Gum Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) and Lobonyx aeneus Beetles.|
|Blue Hounds-tongue (Cynoglossum creticum).|
|Strange cage set up.|
As we walked back to the car we found a strange set up in a tree made up of two cages, the lower one was empty but the top one contained a Feral Type Pigeon, really not sure what it's purpose was but making further investigations.
We moved further along the track and parked by a body of water which had a very restricted gap to view it which meant on the water we only picked up a couple of male Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) but in the surrounding area we were very pleased to get some good views of a Western Olivaceous Warbler (Zarcero Pálido Occidental / Hippolais opaca) as it moved through the marginal Tamarisk trees. In the air we saw lots of action provided by White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Pallid (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Barn Swallow and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
|Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).|
Again we moved on and parked just short of a bridge over the Rio Guadiamar and almost straight away we had a fine Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) which was soon followed by a pair of Western Olivaceous Warblers which chased each other into the thicker trees but showed well later in a dead tree below the bridge, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Nightingales, Red-rumped Swallows and further along the track in a much more open area several Zitting Cisticola's, Hoopoe, Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), at least 5 more Woodchat Shrikes, Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), a dark phase Booted Eagle and more Black Kites.
|Crown Daisy (Chrysanthemum carinatum).|
|Blue Alkanet (Anchusa azurea).|
|Small Pink Cistus (Cistus crispus).|
Once off the track we turned towards Dehesa de Abajo but stopped just before the concrete causeway and parked because as we came around the corner off the main road I heard a calling male Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).
|Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).|
|Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).|
|White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).|
In the air there were good numbers of Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Black Kite, a pale phase Booted Eagle and down in the reeds lots of scratching Great Reed Warblers (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus).
Next came lunch just up the road and once we finished we made our way back towards the lake at Dehesa de Abajo but called at a Pond Water Crowsfoot (Ranunculus Peltatus) covered pool seeing just a couple of Little Grebes and a male Common Pochard but best of all was the field next door which was covered in wild flowers.
|Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).|
|Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).|
|Eurasian Spoonbills (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).|
Another good sight was when Pau Lucio a friend and guide from the Valencia area pulled up with his clients, it was good to have a chat with him and pick up a couple of good bits of info from him. Once we had finished catching up I took my group out along the track towards the center seeing a small colony of Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) and whilst checking all the water filled areas we were very pleased when we came across a couple very smart and very rare Marbled Ducks (Cerceta Pardilla / Marmaronetta angustirostris) which were with a group of Common Pochards.
|Great Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba).|
Just down the road another good find was a nice male Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), also seen along this stretch were several Ravens, Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), a large group of roosting Spoonbills, Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).
We drove past the center and looked further along the track scanning the water again, we could not find the Marbled Ducks in this area so we were pleased that we had seen the two earlier. In this area and further along we saw White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), some superb Black-necked Grebes in full plumage, more very smart Whiskered Terns, a female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), lots of Purple Herons, a calling Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) hidden in the reeds and lots of Great Reed Warblers which sat out on the reed tops.
Coming back along the track we parked at the centre but it was very quiet and we only added a couple of Squacco Herons (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides) and in the car park a few spikes of Small-tongue Orchids (Serapias parviflora).
|Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).|
Once we were back we had a very quick freshen up before we sat down for our evening meal and log call.
|The low sun towards the end of a superb day in the Doñana.|