Sunday 27 December 2020

La Janda and Bolonia area, Cadiz Province, Spain.

Birding with Dave and setting the Moth traps later.
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).

After photographing and releasing the Moths Dave had caught over night we went for a few hours birding at La Janda, on the drive into the site we had Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and the first of masses of White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
We parked up on the bank beside the main Canal where we scanned the fields and found the first of a couple of hundred Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus), most of them flew in whilst I was talking to friend Penny on the phone. 
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
In the same area we had Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We drove on along the channel and then took the track up to the farm, on the way we had loads more Heron, Egrets, Cranes and added Great Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) and Black Stork (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra).
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).

Along the track around the farm we found
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and a very smart Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus) which was sat on one of the Pylons.
Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus).
At the far end of the wild Olive fields we turned around as we needed to be back to go out and set the traps for the nights mothing. On the way back we had the Kite again, in the same area there was an adult
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and as we crossed one of the canals a Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis) flew passed.
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).

Once we were back on the track around the main canal we had a female Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti).

During the drive round we also had some butterflies including Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and Small White (Pieris rapae) as well as two dragonfly species, Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta).
White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).

Time moved on so we drove back to Daves and collected his van and the drove out to Bolonia area where we set six traps in secluded spots amoungst the trees and plants.
Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus).
During the setting up we also had several Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), a pair of Ravens (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) as well as Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) and Friar's Cowl (Arisarum vulgare).
Friar's Cowl (Arisarum vulgare).

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