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Sunday 19 May 2024

Playa de Poniente, Charca Suarez and Rio Guadalfeo, Granada Province, Spain.

A morning birding with Friend Juan.
Ebird List for Playa de Poniente 1.
Ebird List for Playa de Poniente 2.
Ebird List for Playa de Poniente 3.
Ebird List for Charca.
Ebird List for Guadalfeo.
 
Audouin's Gull (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii).
I met Juan down on the coast near to Charca Suarez, we set up at a spot on Playa de Granada and spent the next 90 minutes doing a sea-watch, species seen included Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Scopoli’s (Calonectris diomedea) and Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata). 
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
At just after 09:30 we packed in and went down to the gate and onto the reserve at 10:00 when Manu let us all in, Beatriz, Juan and I started by checking the two hides which over look
Laguna del Taraje where we started the list off with Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Our next stop was at the hide over looking
Alamo Blanco but apart from a few more Mallards and a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) we didn't see anything so we moved on and made our way around towards the main hide overlooking Laguna de las Aneas, on the way we saw a nice singing Nightingale Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and a calling but not seen Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and a flock of 18 passing Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
From this hide we added a male Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) including a couple of broods of ducklings, an immature Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), a single Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Great CormorantBarn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi), Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa) and a couple of Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies.
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) the nippers.
Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) family.
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).
Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
We again moved on and checked 
Laguna del Trébol, on the way we saw Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and from the hide we added Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and 2 male Little Bitterns (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus) in pursuit of a single female.
Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus).
Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus).
We returned to the main hide but found nothing new so we started to make our way back around to the entrance, on the way we heard a calling Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) before we reached the exit.
Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata).
Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata).
I said bye to Beatriz and Juan and headed home via the old road and checked out a spot Juan told me about where I was hoping to see Western Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna opaca), I parked and walked out to the spot picking up Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and a Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides).
European Eel (Anguilla anguilla).
European Eel (Anguilla anguilla).
European Eel (Anguilla anguilla).
As I crossed the river at the wire I noticed a movement on the main slope of the wire and was surprised to see a European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) trying to make its way up stream.
Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides).
I reached the spot and almost instantly I could here the Olivaceous singing from the Tamarisk trees but as I searched for it the bird flew across the river and landed close to me in a Eucalyptus tree giving me great views before I continued on home.
Western Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna opaca).

Western Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna opaca).

 

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