Saturday, 30 April 2022

Punta del Santo, Golf Los Moriscos 2 and Charca de Suárez, Motril, Granada Province, Spain.

Some birding with Juan Perez after a Moth night.
Ebird List or Punta del Santo.
Ebird List for Golf Los Moriscos 2.
Ebird List for Charca de Suarez.

Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria) teneral female.

After I got out of Charca I went to Purta del Santo where I met Juan for a short sea watch, at sea we recorded a flock of 26 Garganey (Cerceta Carretona / Anas querquedula) which passed heading east, several Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria) teneral female.
More land based birds included
Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).

Just across the road we checked the pools on the golf course where we had a few waders including a good count of  Wood Sandpipers (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola) x5, Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) x1 and a Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus) x1 as well as Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and a teneral female Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria).
Male Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus).
We decided to go into Charca at 11.30 so that I had a chance of catching up with
Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus) which I still needed for my year list but before that we met up with Beatriz on the beach and dropped Chika off to her.
On our way into the reserve we checked the beach and then the shingle seeing Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and at the first hide in the reserve I bagged a nice male Little Bittern.
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).
As we continued on around the hides we added Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata), Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Bonelli's (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
A male Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus).

13.00 soon came around and we left the reserve, uan headed to the beach to return to Beatriz and Chika and I headed for Loa where I was meeting good friend Andy Mountford who was staying for a couple of days. 
We had some lunch in Loja and then went back to the house t drop Andy's kit off before heading down to 3 Calles for a beer or five (0/0 for me).

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