Thursday, 11 April 2019

Padul Wetland, GranadaProvince.

Dipped on a Greater Scaup seen by Juan Pérez Contreras on the day before.

After getting a call from Juan I went down to Padul wetland and to a view point Juan had told me about where you get a good view out over the lake. I scanned but could not see any sign of the Greater Scaup (Porrón Bastardo / Aythya marila) in the 2.5 hours I was there but I did see at least 4 female and 2 male Marsh Harriers (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) x12, Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) x2, Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) x3, Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Great Crested (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) x2, Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) x1, Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) x3, Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) x2, Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) x1, Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) x30 and Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychlorus).
For the last half an hour I walked along the smelly channel where I was able to see quite well that the management of the reserve was still as bad as it has been for a year or two but I still saw Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Iberian Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Ibérico / Phylloscopus brehmii), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), a possible bumb end of a Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).

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