Monday, 3 October 2022

Guadalhorce Pools, Malaga, Malaga Province, Spain.

Picking up Friends from a late flight.
Ebird List for Guadalhorce.

I left home mid afternoon and arrived at Guadalhorce just before 17.00 and spent a couple of hours birding around the ponds, I started at the main hide over looking Laguna Grande where I had views of Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Red Knot (Correlimos Gordo / Calidris canutus), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
In the trees, bushes and around the margins I also saw Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and away in the distance a hunting Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
I walked around to the next hide, on the way I added Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
From the hide I saw White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).
I continued to walk arond to the Seawatch point, on the way I stopped at the two hides pickng up White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata),  Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula).
I reached the seawatch point but only managed to add Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), I walked along the beach and then back into the reserve and to the Hide at Laguna Grande but added nothing new so I went and did some shopping and then had a sleep in the car before making my way to the airport just after Midnight to meet Sharon, John and Caitlin and then we headed home. 

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