Sunday 20 January 2019

Guadalahorce, Malaga Province and travelling to Adamuz, Cordoba Province.

A mixed day to say the least.

Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
The day started with bad news when I got a Phone call from friend Jim in the UK to say the Kate and he would not be travelling out for a trip we had planned as Kate had been taken ill at the last moment. We had planned to be away for a while so we had booked Jayne a hotel down on the coast and as it was such short notice we could not cancel it with out loosing the money any way we decided that Jayne may as well go anyway. Part of the trip we had planned was to spend several days with Agustin from Aspasín Hides up in Cordoba Province, So when Kate and Jim rang I rang Agustin and told him the situation, he said why don't you come up anyway and we can go and visit some of the planned hides anyway, so I decided that this was a good idea and after having some lunch with Jayne I started to make my way there.
Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).
On the way I called in at Guadalhorce at the beach end and picked up a few species there including Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus),  Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).
Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).
Whilst standing on the beach I noticed that the river had silted up and I was able to walk on to the reserve and visit the main hide so I did and boosted the list whilst sat there with Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta) 1x male and 2x female, Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Spotless (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus),
Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) x2, Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and Black-necked Grebes (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
I then drove north to Adamuz where I met Agustin, on the way I had Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra). Later in the evening I meet up with Agustin again and a couple of other guys and had something to eat before turning in.

Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta) female.
Northern Pintail (Ánade Rabudo / Anas acuta) male on left and 2 females to right.
Shelducks (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna).
Shelducks (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna).
Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).

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