Friday 11 August 2023

Trebujena area around to Lagunas de Camino Colorado, Cadiz Province, Spain.

Birding along the Rio Guadalquivir.
Trip with Derek, Day Two.
Ebird List for Trebujena.
Ebird List for Marismas de Trebujena.
Ebird List for Marisma de Adventus.
Ebird List for Esteros del Guadalquivir.
Ebird List for Laguna del Tarelo.
Ebird List for Salinas de Bonanza. 
Ebird List for Lagunas de Camino Colorado.

Ceramic tile sign at one of the Rufous-tailed Sceub Robin (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes) at one of the sites near Trebujena.
We were out and about after breakfast and on our way out to Trebujena looking for the Rufous-tailed Sceub Robins (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes) that breed in the area, on the way over we started the day list with a couple of Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) sat on a Pylon, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
Rufous-tailed Sceub Robins (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes).
Rufous-tailed Sceub Robins (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes).
We parked at the first of four sites we had for the Scrub Robin and found a very smart ceramic sign with information about the bird so we knew we were in the right area so after getting our kit together we went for a short walk between the Vine fields picking up Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), House (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and then we had the target bird sit up nicely in a Almond tree for several minutes, giving us some very nice views.
Rufous-tailed Sceub Robins (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes).
Rufous-tailed Sceub Robins (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes).
We continued on a short way along the track and the returned to the car seeing a couple of Sand Martins (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis).
Ceramic Red-necked Nightjar (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis).
As we started to head for a track out on the Marismas I decided to reverse into a ditch but luckily when Derek got out and leaned on the bonnet the front wheels connected with the track again and I was able to drive back out, MUPPET.
Ceramic tile sign of a Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata) at the end of the track.
Any way we were soon back on the road but we took a wrong turn and had a nice drive out through the vines seeing lots of people harvesting the grapes and seeing another of the ceramic plaques but this one featured the very smart Red-necked Nightjar (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis), we continued on around this loop and after a while we reached the road we wanted to be on and soon on the track we wanted to the Marismas de Alventus.
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
Along the track we had Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Pallid (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Common Kestrel, Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Mediterranean / Lesser Short-toed (Terrera Marismena / Calandrella rufescens) and Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii), Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) and a very nice Plaque depicting Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
We turned around and then went just down the road to the pools (Pantalán de atraque de embarcaciones de recreo) at the end of the road to the river where we parked and walked to the junction, on the car park we had a
Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus) in the Eucalyptus trees and on the larger of the pools we saw good numbers of Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Sand Martin and on the smaller pools on the other side of the road we added Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Greylag Geese (Ansar Común / Anser anser) domestic type, Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) Female.

Down by the river we had a
Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and out on the river a single Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), as we walked back to the car we had good views of a single Mediterranean / Lesser Short-toed Lark and two Spectacled Warbler (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata) along with several Scarlet Darters (Crocothemis erythraea).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
We drove along the road westish along the Rio
Guadalquivir to the old salt pans of the Esteros del Guadalquivir where there were really good numbers of birds, commonest were Greater Flamingo's, followed by Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) x200+, Black-tailed Godwits, Red Knot (Correlimos Gordo / Calidris canutus) x17, Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea) x15, Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Common Redshank, Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Collared Pratincole (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola) heard only, Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) x1, Mallards, Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Gull-billed (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica), Caspian  (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia) and Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus), Quite a few White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) as well as a single Black Stork (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra) which was a nice year tick, Grey x14 and Purple Heron (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) x1, Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Marsh (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Black Kite, Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Zitting Cisticola, Sand Martin x6, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail.
Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
At the junction bridge we had good views of Little Egret and Grey Heron before heading down to the Pinar del Algaida and across to Laguna de Tarelo where we boosted the list with Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis) x3, Night (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax) x2 and Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides) x2, Glossy Ibis x4, Eurasian Spoonbill x12 and Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) x4.
Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).
Bonanza Salt Pans were very quiet and we only added a
Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) to the list before heading for some lunch and then finishing off the day at the pools at Camino Colorado where we found White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) x2, Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) x20 odd, Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta) x1, Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria).
Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria).
On the way back to John's we had a passing pale morph Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).

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