Wednesday 10 January 2024

La Janda in Cadiz Province and Malaga in Malaga Province, Spain.

After a disastrous, start some good birding.
Ebird List for Bunting site, 37 Species.
Ebird List for near Benalup, 1 Species.
Ebird List for Malaga, 10 Species.

The site from behind the Chain 😁😁😁
The Alarm went off at 06:30 and we were soon up and having a coffee and some Orange juice before putting everything into the car and starting to head off, Barbara went up the drive and opened the gate and then Barbara slipped and fell, landing on her arm.
The trees where the Buntings were seen.
Derek and I were there in a few seconds and helped her up and we set off but it soon became evident that she had hurt her arm more seriously so we turned around and then I headed down and picked up Andy P and we headed off whilst Barb and Derek headed for the hospital where they discovered Barbara had fractured her elbow.
Little Bunting (Escribano pigmeo / Emberiza pusilla).
Little Bunting (Escribano pigmeo / Emberiza pusilla).
Anyway Andy and I head down the coast and then inland to the Benalup entrance to La Janda where we drove to the spot where for a few weeks now there had been a great collection of rare Buntings.
Little Bunting (Escribano pigmeo / Emberiza pusilla).
We parked and then started the search for the birds and soon found the first of at least 7 Little Buntings (Escribano pigmeo / Emberiza pusilla) as well as Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Linnet (Pardillo ComĂșn / Carduelis cannabina), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Greenfinch (VerderĂłn ComĂșn / Carduelis chloris), Common Chaffinch (PinzĂłn Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla ComĂșn / Saxicola torquata), Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero ComĂșn / Phylloscopus collybita) and House Sparrow (GorriĂłn ComĂșn / Passer domesticus).
Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus).
Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris) three of fourteen.
As the morning progressed the fog started to clear and the bigger birds started to get on the move including Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Black-winged Kite (Elanio ComĂșn / Elanus caeruleus), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Great Cormorant (CormorĂĄn Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and as it warmed up we saw Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) and Small White (Pieris rapae) butterflies.
Andy watching the Cirl Bunting.

We walked along the tracks in the area adding Mallard (Anade AzulĂłn / Anas platyrhynchos), Western Swamp-hen (Calamon ComĂșn / Porphyrio porphyrio), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta ComĂșn / Gallinulas chloropus), Common Snipe (Agachadiza ComĂșn / Gallinago gallinago), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and a couple of Barn Swallow (Golondrina ComĂșn / Hirundo rustica).
Rustic Bunting (Escribano rĂșstico / Emberiza rustica).
Rustic Bunting (Escribano rĂșstico / Emberiza rustica).
We walked back towards the car and another birder who was there shouted out he had a Rustic Bunting (Escribano rĂșstico / Emberiza rustica) fly over towards us and a few seconds later we were watching a cracking looking bird sat in one of the track side trees.
Common Crane (Grulla ComĂșn / Grus grus).

Well happy we had another walk along the road and I checked out one of the side tracks and almost straight away had 2 Rustic Bunting in the bushes across the stream along with a good number of Siskin (LĂșgano / Carduelis spinus) and a female Little Bittern (Avetorillo ComĂșn / Ixobrychus minutus) in the Reeds.
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti) adult.
We returned to the car and just as we were about to leave 2 Cirl Buntings (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus) flew in and gave us good views before we headed off along the track up through the wild olive tree fields to the far and then on wards to the road along the main Canal where we turned around and retraced our steps, during this drive we added Pheasant (FaisĂĄn Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Blackbird (Mirlo ComĂșn / Turdus merula), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Zitting Cisticola (BuitrĂłn / Cisticola juncidis), Crag Martin (AviĂłn Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and on one of the Pylons at least 14 Common Starlings (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris).
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti) immature.
As we we leaving the site we picked up a large raptor which we quickly realised was a very smart adult
Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aguila Imperial Ibérica / Aguila adalberti) and not long after hitting the proper road we had an immature bird sat up on one of the roadside pylons.
Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia).
We returned to Malaga where I dropped Andy off at his car and then headed back to the spot where I had seen the Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes) yesterday as the weather was a bit better but the Yellowlegs was straight into the sun unfortunately but I had better views at least.
Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes).
Lesser Yellowlegs (Archibebe Patigualdo Chico /Tringa flavipes).
Other new species seen before I headed home included 
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela ComĂșn / Himantopus himantopus), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus).

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