Sunday, 5 September 2021

El Traffico, Tarifa, and Laguna de Leal del Ojo, Cadiz Province, Spain.

Visible Migration day with Ricky Owen.
Day Three.
 
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) pale morph.
I left my hotel and drove to the coastal cliffs near to El Traffico watch point where I started my day list off with Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Cory's (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris borealis) and Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus),  Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and on the grass above the cliffs there were three Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus) which moved on when a dog walker turned up and flushed them.
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).

Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus).

Ricky arrived and we moved a short way along the coast to a nice high watch point over looking the sea and an inland valley where we set up out scopes and waited for things to happen, unfortunatiley it never really started but we did get a dew nice bits including Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and a singing Common / Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus) which I only heard but Ricky had in flight.
Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) adult.

Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) adult.

Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) adult.

Some raptors did start to move through once things warmed up and included Honey (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus) and Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) and right at the point when I was about to move on we had a couple of groups of Egyptian Vultures (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) coming through, most were adults but the last was an immature.
Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) immature.
Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) immature.
Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus) immature.
I left the site and headed for my hotel in Lebrija but stopped Laguna de Leal del Ojo on the way where I saw Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Greylag Goose (Ansar Común / Anser anser), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).

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