Saturday 13 November 2021

Hotel, Laguna de Navaseca, Tablas de Daimiel and Driving South again, Ciudad Real, Spain.

Last stage of the trip back home.
Trip to Uk, Day Fourty One.
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) passing over the hotel.

After the sun came up at the hotel it was great to see and even better hear large numbers of Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) passing around the hotel as they made their way out to the fields to feed.
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) passing over the hotel.
Before breakfast, which was very nice we went for a walk around the hotel gardens and scanned nearby fields finding Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra).

Once we had finished breakfast we headed to Laguna Navaseca picking up Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Once we had parked we had a good look out over the pool from the hide finding
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Marsh Harrier, Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Common (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus).
Once we were happy that we had seen everything from the hide we had a walk along the roads checking the reed beds and found a nice male
Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) and at the far end of the pool we talked to a group of four Spanish birders for a while and whilst there we found a nice male Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) and I heard but did not see a Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata) which flew over.
Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
At this point I walked back to the car where I had a
Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus) before I parke again at the point where Andy was waiting, when I got back Andy told me had seen a Fieldfare (Zorzal Real / Turdus pilaris) whilst I was away.
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
We took the track along the Northern side of the lake and added a
Reed Bunting (Escribano Palustre / Emberiza schoeniclus), Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Dunnock (Acentor Común / Prunella modularis), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) and Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).

Next we went up the road to the main reserve at Tablas seeing Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) on the way and on the loop walk we found Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) before we completed the trip to the house adding on the fields Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) just before arriving.

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