Thursday, November 24, 2022

πŸ“– πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Guadalhorce Revisit ~ Spain 24/11/2022

 πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Thursday 24th November 2022 πŸŒ€ 20C ~ Wind ESE @ 3MPH ~ A few hours at Guadalhorce today and after hearing of a recent reintroduction of Marbled Duck to the site I was hopeful of catching a glimpse. I was unsure how many birds had been released and which Laguna would be best to find them but by sheer luck, I found four birds huddled together on the southern end of the Laguna de la Casilla. 

Marbled Duck at Guadalhorce

During this brief visit today, I decided to spend my time at just two of the hides, and my next stop was Laguna Escondida. Still, no sign of any White-headed Duck here and I've been told since that they have all but abandoned the site due to recent mosquito spraying. A real shame as this was my go-to place for this rare and quirky-looking duck. While here around (80) Shoveler, (4) Little Grebe, Kingfisher and towards the rear of the pool feeding between the reeds (5) Pochard and single drake Ferruginous Duck.

Closer views of the Black-necked Grebes 

Like Monday's visit the Laguna Grande held a large number of Cormorant and Shelduck and today the Black-necked Grebes had increased to nine and were a little closer to the hide.

Slender-billed Gull Laguna Grande

Guadalhorce can be an excellent place to find Slender-billed Gulls and I managed to pick out a single bird along with Lesser Black-backed, Yellow-legged and Black-headed Gulls.

With so many Black-winged Stilts at Guadalhorce bickering is a common sight.

Yellow-legged Gull ~ Laguna Grande

Site details can be found HERE or by clicking on the SPAINπŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ link at the top of the blog.

A FULL-LIST of today's site visit can be found HERE