Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Stroll at Guadalhorce

With Dave all birded out after Saturday's long one a more leisurely day on Sunday and while he had a lay in I took an early morning visit to Guadalhorce.

Spoonbill - smile please!
Arrived just after sun up, a few black clouds around and thunder rumbling around the sierras. The walk from the church to the footbridge had Sardinian WarblerCettis's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, and Whitethroat, plus feeding over the bridge a group of mixed hirundines with Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow and House Martin. I decided to begin at the Del Rio Viejo and Laguna de la Casilla hides in the hope that the regular Little Bittern might be showing. Unfortunately not the case but an Osprey drifted past as I took my seat and five Little Tern were fishing away.

White-headed Duck - Exellent population at Guadalhorce
Kingfisher, (5) Little Grebe, Little Egret, (4) White-headed Duck, Greenshank, (4) Dunlin, (3) Ringed Plover, (9) Teal, (2) Shelduck, and a single Snipe, plus a group of three Spoonbills frantically feeding on Laguna Casillas were nice, one finally taking a breather long enough for a snap!

Just after the hides a little area of activity along the track produced ♂♀ Common Redstart and at least four Spotted Flycatchers happily popping up and down from ground to perch. The old river was a little quiet but Curlew Sandpiper were an addition and by the time I'd reached the sea Yellow-Wagtail, Sardinian Warbler, Crested Lark and well over 100 Monk Parakeets at the mouth of the Viejo.

Sanderling - Lovely little birds, unusual to see one so still!
The sea walk was very quiet with no Terns to be found and only a group of (8) Sanderling to keep me company.

Black-winged Stilt
Finally a half hour in the hide overlooking the Laguna Grande and here a dozen or so Oystercatcher asleep on the Islands. Not so many Gulls around this morning but the usual Audouins Gull and Yellow-legged Gulls were noted. In the dead trees across the lagoon a Turtle Dove perched briefly along with the many Spotless Starlings and additions of Cormorant, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Common Sandpiper, Kentish Plover, Black-winged StiltRedshank and juvenile Greater Flamingo

Rat I think! Big ears?
The walk back to the car further added House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Goldfinch and Greenfinch but apart from the early Osprey no other raptors to be found this morning. The above Rat, well I think it's a Rat, it had extremely big ears ended a good if not prolific morning.