Saturday 25 February 2023

Fuente de Piedra Visits Center, Campiña de Navahermosa, Laguna Dulce and across Country back to Fuente de Piedra, Malaga Province, Spain.

Birding over the boarder with Steve.
Ebird List for Fuente de Piedra.
Ebird List for Fuente de Piedra back pools.
Ebird List for Campiña de Navahermosa.

Looking North towards the town of Fuente de Piedra from Mirador de las latas.
We set off early and came into the area from the South via the Campillos road hoping to see some of the Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) I had seen a week or so earlier but they were not around so we went to look at the main lake from the Mirador de las latas, out on the lake there were a small number of Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and a single Lesser Flamingo (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor).
Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
We returned to the car and drove around to the visitors center, on the way in we checked the roadside lake finding Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Common Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Greater Flamingo, Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and a Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta).
Common Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).
We swapped to the other side of the road and checked a reeded area in a gap between the Tamarisk trees, the first bird we saw was a
Jack Snipe (Agachadiza Chica / Lymnocriptes minimus) but it disappeared almost instantly, other species were Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) 1 seen and 2 others heard, White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and a White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) which did a flyover flushing everything.
Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris).
We parked and then went for a walk out onto the boardwalk picking up several of the released Marbled Ducks (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).
Marbled Ducks (Marmaronetta angustirostris).
We continued on around the lower track checking the next pool where we added Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta) and another Water Pipit.
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and a single Lesser Flamingo (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor).

Our next stop was up at the Mirador where we scanned the main laguna finding the same relocated Lesser Flamingo or possibly a second bird, Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and way off in the distance 3 Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) which we saw as they dropped into some olives.
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and a single Lesser Flamingo (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor).

Around at the pools with the hides we found Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and a single Lesser Flamingo (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor).
We returned to the car but on the way we had several good sized flocks of Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) heading off to the north, we also saw a few down on the main laguna.
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We reached the car and then headed for the agricultural areas near the village of Navahermosa and the new species for the day included Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) seen in one of the many ditches and 3 male Clouded Yellows (Colias corceua).
Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus).
We headed back to the house and then later went down to Jóse's bar for some food and it was very good.
Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).

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