Tuesday 16 April 2019

Guadalhorce Pools, Malaga Province.

Waders, Gulls and Terns along with a few other bits along the way.

Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Jayne and I headed down to Malaga airport for her trip back to the UK to spend some time with the family including our Son and Grandson. After I made sure she was safely through the security checks I went and parked near the reserve and walked on. 
Collared Pratincoles (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola).
Between the car and the bridge I started the day list off with Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).
Once over the bridge I headed straight to the main hide over looking Laguna Grande, on the way I heard a singing Bonelli's (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli) and Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and the first of a good number of Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Once I was in the hide I stayed there for the next couple of hours scanning the lake but started with a few good species on the mud bar right right infront of me including 4x Collared Pratincoles (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola), a smart lookng summer plumaged Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), 3 Curlew Sandpipers (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea) in different stages of plumage including a good summer bird, Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Kentish (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and more Slender-billed Gulls and several Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).
Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Further out on the lake there were 5x Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), 3x Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), 1x Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), 2x Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), 1x Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) which were sat on the far side of the lake and over the water Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
I walked around to the hide over looking Laguna Escondida, on the way a flock of 19 Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) came in over the reserve and the flew off East without landing. From the hide I added just a single male White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and a perched Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
I continued on around the site to the two far hides adding Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola) before I reached the sea watch point where I had views of 2 Great Crested Grebes (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and a chasing Great Skua (Págalo Grande / Stercorarius skua) which was making life difficult for the Gulls.
Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
I walked along the beach and then back in to the reserve and to the main hide again see a male Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) on the way. From the hide I had two more new species for my year list when both Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus) and Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) flew across infront of the hide. 
Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).
After a while I walked back to the car and finished the visit with a fine male Orphean Warbler (Curruca Mirlano / Sylvia hortensis) in the trees near the bridge.

Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
Collared Pratincoles (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola).
Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), 3x Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) and a Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina).
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).

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