Monday 6 September 2021

Bonanza Saltpans, Playa de Montijo, Chipiona Port, Cadiz Province and Braza del Este, Sevilla Province, Spain.

Water, water everywhere on my way home.
Day Four.

Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
I started off by going to the Saltpans near Bonanza but as on other visits since the gates stopping you getting to the Pump house lakes has been erected it was disappointing. However I did see Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
Also seen in the area were Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Caspian Tern (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
I left the Saltpans and made my way to Playa de Montijo where the tide was out and there were good numbers of birds on the waters edge but I was hoping for the reported Elegant Tern (Charrán Elegante / Sterna elegans) that had been around for a while.
Common (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo) and Elegant Tern (Charrán Elegante / Sterna elegans).
Sandwich (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Common (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo) and Elegant Tern (Charrán Elegante / Sterna elegans).
Elegant Tern (Charrán Elegante / Sterna elegans).
Before I located the Tern I picked up several new species for the day including Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and then came the terns which included Black (Fumarel Común / Chlidonias niger), Little (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons), Common (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo), Sandwich (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and then the Elegant which came closer as the tide pushed up.
Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).

From the beach I went just along the road to the Port at Chipiona where I had views of a few of the regular Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis) and a migrating Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus) before heading off towards Braza del Este to finish off a great few days away.
Little Swift (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis).
Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus).
I drove along the main track at Braza where I was pleased to see there was so much water and a great many birds including thousands of
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Great (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Great Crested (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Wood (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola) and Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Western Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava flavissima), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus) and Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus).
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).

Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).

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