Monday 14 September 2020

Los Caños de Meca, La Janda, Bananza and Barbate Marshes, Cadiz Province.

A day of mixed habitats with a good list of species seen.

White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
I got up and went down to the beach with the scope to see what was passing by on the sea,the tide was dropping ut there were no waders on the rocks or the beach but out to sea I had Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus) x18, Cory's Shearwater (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris borealis) x4, Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) x4, Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii) x2 along with larger numbers of both Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and a single Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) and Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
On land or flying past I also saw Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and lots of Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) heading south along the coast.
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
We had breakfast later than I would have liked but Kate was happy, then headed down to the southern entrance to La Janda  getting held up a bit by a large southward migration of the Spanish Military and their vehicles.
Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula).
We turned in and started to check the fences and fields finding Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), a couple of kettles of migrating White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) which were just getting airbourne and heading south, the first of several Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and lots of Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
We turned along the main canal but the morning was cloudy and getting photos was hard going but we did see a Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus) fishing on the channel which Kate hopefully got a few pics of, the first of several Marsh (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), a couple of flyover Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), large groups of Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) sat amongst good sized flocks of White Storks, Common (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and Honey Buzzard (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus) the latter perched for a few moments and gave us nice views.
Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope).
We turned at the bridge and took the track up passed the farm but it was quiet and we only added Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Common (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni).
Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
At the far end of the track we turned left and headed out towards Benalup seeing Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Black Kite, Egyptian Vultures (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) x3, Barn Swallow, Jackdaw, Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) and Banded Groundling (Brachythemis leucosticta).
Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
The light had dropped and away in the distance to the north we could see some sun shine so we drove north to Bonanza and spent the rest of the afternoon there, on the drive in we stopped by a channel where we found Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) and we saw more Western Cattle and Little Egrets.
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).

On the drive up to the mid point pump house we saw Little Ringed (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plovers (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), lots of Sanderlings (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), several Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Slender-billed Gulls (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
Past the pump house we added Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta) and once we turned the corner heading down to the far pump house Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) and 2x Black Storks (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra) which landed on the far side of the large lake near the pump house.
Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
From the pump house we saw 3x Western Ospreys (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus), several Little (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons) and Caspian Terns (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia), loads of Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa) and  Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
As we drove back towards the entrance we had 6x Whimbrels (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus) and a single Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) on one of the mud banks, a group of Avocets (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
On our way back to the Hotel we called in at Barbate Saltpans where we had another Western Osprey, more Greater Flamingo's, Greenshanks, Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula).

Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).

Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).

Caspian Tern (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia).
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).

1 comment:

Andy Mountford said...

Sounds like a great day Mick. You'll to show me La Janda some day!