Friday 9 November 2018

Guadalhorce, Torremolnos and Guadalhorce again, Malaga Province.

Seeing Mom and bit of birding down on the Malaga Coast.

Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
I started off by headed down to Guadalhorce and having a look at the coast by the Western walkway but it was fairly quiet, however I did see Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus).
Next I made my way into Torremolinos where I met Mom and John at their Hotel and we spent a few really nice hours wandering along the sea front and having some Lunch, this was just a short extra meet as we will be joining them at the hotel for a few days later in their holiday.
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
I dropped them off in the Port of Benalmadina where they caught the tourist bus for a trip around the area and I popped up to Plaza Cantabria just up the road looking for some Bulbuls which had been around for a while but I dipped on them.
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
I did see Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Robin, Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).
Great Cormorants (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
I gave up and dropped back down to Guadalhorce but this time I parked by the church and walked on to the main reserve and then around to the main hide where I spent most of the visit. 
Black-necked Grebes (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).
Whilst there I recorded Western Cattle (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and 2x Great Egrets (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba), 6x Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), 1x Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and 10x Black-necked Grebes (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), 
Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
1x Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), 1x Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), 1x Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), 1x Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), 2x Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), lots of Great Cormorants (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), 2x Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), 2x Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), 5x Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Spotless and 150+ Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Meadow Pipit and Black Redstart.
Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
After quite a while I moved on around to the next hide seeing Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Sardinian Warbler, Robin, Song Thrush, Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs canariensis) and one of the Great Egrets which flew across to the far side of the reserve.
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
I continued on around to the far bank of the reserve and checked the two hides along there but they were quiet except for a single male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) from the wader pool and what was probably the same Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) as during my last visit but this time along the old river bank.
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Down at the coastal watch point I again scanned the sea and was quite surprised to see a single Cory's Shearwater (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea) being harrised by a Great Skua (Págalo Grande / Stercorarius skua) just off shore.
Great Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba).
I walked back to the bridge where I had a Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) before returning to the car and heading home.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris).
Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris).

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