Tuesday 15 June 2021

Tablas de Daimiel and surrounding area in Ciudad Real Province and Parque Natural Hoces del Río Duratón in Segovia Province, Spain.

Driving towards the Pico's de Europa.
Day One of trip.
The view of the lake over the reeds.
I set off early and made good time and even with a breakfast stop I was at the first site which was a lake near to Tablas de Daimiel but with water in it. 
Greater Flamingo´s (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
On the way I recorded Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Iberian (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus)
I parked and walked to the raised hide over looking the lake and started to scan finding White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and masses of Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
Bearded Tit (Reedling) (Bigotudo / Panurus biarmicus).
I walked down onto the road and walked down to the hide at the far end but the righthand side of the road was dry however I did find my one and only
Bearded Tit (Reedling) (Bigotudo / Panurus biarmicus)  of the time here and a small group of calling Penduline Tits (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) which I only got fleeting glimpses of as they moved between the Tamarisk trees.
Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).

Whilst I was watching both
Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Great Reed Warbler (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus) I heard the first arriving Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata) which were coming down to drink.
Two male and a female Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) coming into Land.

Three birds dropped in and then they were followed by in total I guessed around 18 different birds, I had a great time watching them come in and then do battle with a very territorial pair of
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and the usual noisy Black-winged Stilts.
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata) being seen off by a
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
I spent a great 2 hours watching the comings and going of these stunning birds adding
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
Male and Female Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).
Male and Female Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).
I walked back up to the car and drove around to the two hides on the back of the lake finding
Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) and reeling Savi's Warbler (Buscarla Unicolor / Locustella luscinoides).
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).
I got back around to the main hide and parked again, I checked the main hide and scanned the muddy area's finding Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Green (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) and around the margins Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).
White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala).
Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
Around the reserve I also had views of Lesser (Anax parthenope) and Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra).
Greylag Goose (Ansar Común / Anser anser).
I walked back to the car and made my way out towards the main resrve at Tablas, I went across country and on the way I had a very smart Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus) which was sat on a straw bale and as I drove through the vine and cereal fields I added Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) and  Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina).
Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus).
I reached Tablas and followed the covid route around the reserve, along the dry grassy paths I saw quite a few
Great Banded Graylings (Kanetisa circe), Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) as well as Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Norfolk / Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles).

Further around the board walk I eventually found some water and the first of several Norfolk / Green-eyed Hawkers (Aeshna isoceles), European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis), White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia),  Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola),  Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and a fly over calling Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis).
Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola).

European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis).
I returned to the car and then headed off north again, I stopped before I reached the motorway at the Rio Ciguela where I had a drink and had views of Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata).
As I drove around Madrid a couple of flocks of Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) flew across the road and I saw good numbers of Black Kites near what I am guessing was one of the cities rubbish dumps.
Ladder Snake (Culebra de Escalera / Etaphe scalaris).
I continued North and then out to the reserve of Hoces del Río Duratón, on the way seeing Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla).
I arrived at the last spot of the day which was at Hoces del Río Duratón but it was shorter than I expected as a whacking great thunder storm came in quite quickly but before I went back to the hotel I saw Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Tawny Pipit (Bisbita Camprstre / Anthus campestris), Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Western Orphean (Curruca Mirlona / Sylvia hortensis) and Western Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) but there was not sign as the target Dupont's Lark (Alondra Ricotí / Chersophilus duponti) as expected.
Parque Natural Hoces del Río Duratón.
Parque Natural Hoces del Río Duratón.

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