Sunday 21 April 2024

Charca de Suarez, Carchuna Beach, Río Guadalfeo in Granada Province, Spain.

A day down the Coast.
Ebird List for Charca.
Ebird List for Carchuna Beach.
Ebird List for Río Guadalfeo.
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).
Steve and I headed to Granada where we picked up Lynn and Steve and then continued on down to the coast and into Charca de Suárez where our first stop was at the hide over looking Laguna del Lirio where we had a couple of
Red-knobbed Coots (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata) which were new for Steve.
Wood Warbler (Mosquitero Sibador / Phylloscopus sibilatrix).
Other species seen there included Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa).
Wood Warbler (Mosquitero Sibador / Phylloscopus sibilatrix).
We then walked around to the Southern hide looking over the Laguna del Taraje where we saw the Hybrid Red-knobbed and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and a Common Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago). 
Wood Warbler (Mosquitero Sibador / Phylloscopus sibilatrix).
We again moved on and walked to the corner where the Sugar Cane grows, on the way I heard a calling Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus) and in the Poplar trees on the corner where Juan had see a couple of Wood Warblers (Mosquitero Sibador / Phylloscopus sibilatrix) we managed to find a couple of Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis).
Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
We continued on around to the main hide over looking Laguna de las Aneas and added Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Female Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii).
We left the hide and walked around towards the Laguna del Trébol but at the junction where you turned down to the hide I saw a warbler move in the trees and very quickly realized it was one of the Wood Warblers and this was quickly followed by another and then another and in the end we had 5 birds in the area.
Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii).
At this point more friends, Beatriz and Juan caught us up and they saw 4 of the 5 birds, in all the years I have been in Spain I have only seen 3 Wood Warblers so to see 5 together was just amazing.
Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii).
We continued on around the reserve finding Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) x5, a couple of teneral Black Perchers (Diplacodes lefebvrii) x2, Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) x1M, Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) x1F, Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) x2, a single Monarch (Danaus plexippus), several Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) x5, Small White (Pieris rapae) x2, Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) x1, African Grass Blue (Zizeeia knysna) x3 and Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus).
We left the reserve and after getting some information from Juan we headed for the beach at Carchuna where he had carried out a survey earlier in the day checking the rare breeding Kentish Plovers (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), we arrived and started to check the wrong area but with a tad more info from Juan (thanks again) we were back on track and were soon watching the first 2 of what would ultimately build to 5 Trumpeter Finches (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus).
Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca) 2nd CY Male.
Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca) 2nd CY Male.
We also saw a single female Kentish Plover, Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) x3, Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Yellow-legged and Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Great Cormorant, Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Barn Swallow, Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Serin, Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x3, Small White x1, Silene littorea, Ononis ramosissima, Sea Medick (Medicago marina) and Ramping Fumitory (Fumaria capreolata).
Trumpeter Finch (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus).
We headed back along the coast and took the old road up towards Granada through the gorges, we made a stop before the main cliffs where we saw Crag (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) x1, Small White x8, Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) x1, 10535 Crimson Speckled (Utetheisa pulchella) x3 and 9350 Synthymia fixa (Goldwing) x2.
Trumpeter Finch (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus).

Trumpeter Finch (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus).
Our last stop before we headed back to Granada war at a Picnic area on the Río Guadalfeo where we quickly located the Dipper (Mirlo Acuático / Cinclus cinclus) as well as several Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), White Wagtail, Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) and Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).
Dipper (Mirlo Acuático / Cinclus cinclus).
We headed North again and dropped Lynn and Steve back before heading back to the house. 


Steve (non birder) Jones said...

Outrageous credit on the Dipper photo!

LojaWldlife said...