Bird Reports

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Daytrip report. 19 january 2008
by Perry van Munster
Guadalhorce Area, 9.00

The area has I would say improved by the construction works done before. There is a bridge in the Northwest part and on the other the the new River canal has caused grow of reeds. The lakes were quiet full, so only a few waders were found

Osprey is still wintering there (stays there often november december january) Saw him eating a big fish.
Little Egrets Egretta garzetta, numerous
Grey Herons, Ardea cinerea >8
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus, numerous
Coot Fulica atra, numerous
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio porphyrio 3ex, a few years ago not present here
Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, 8
White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala >15
Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia 1 flying into the reserve
Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis a few on each lake
Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis
Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus 1 on th main lake
Northern Gannet, Sula bassana Some on sea
Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, everywhere hundreds
Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus. Flying 1. Most probably an escaped bird.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, numerous
Gadwall, Anas strepera several on the lake
Common Teal, Anas crecca >6
Garganey, Anas querquedula 1ex
Common Pochard, Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula 2ex on the river
Marsh Harrier, Circus aeruginosus 2 minimum
Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo 1
Booted Eagle, Hieraaetus pennatus 3 ex This is a good place to find this bird wintering
Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Sanderling, Calidris alba some 8 ex on the beach
Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos
Turnstone, Arenaria interpres 4ex
Yellow-legged Gull, Larus cachinnans
Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus >50
Lesser Black-backed Gull
, Larus fuscus
Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis 2ex
Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus
Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis 1ex
Hoopoe, Upupa epops 1ex
Crested Lark, Galerida cristata, some on the roads
Crag Martin, Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Black Redstart
, Phoenicurus ochruros
Common Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
Blackbird, Turdus merula
Cetti's Warbler, Cettia cetti Heard them mostly
Zitting Cisticola, Cisticola juncidis
Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala
Common Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita Already calling
Penduline Tit, Remiz pendulinus
Spotless Starling, Sturnus unicolor
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
European Serin, Serinus serinus
Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
saw also the bird below and photographed it. It was ringed and probably escaped.


Tripreport: Strait, DoŅana and Extremadura
by Peter Jones

The first week was spent at various migration watchpoints on the Straits as part of the Birdlife International "Migras" Survey. (This seems to have taken over from the Black Stork Survey, and was monitoring all the Raptors and Storks migrating to Africa). here is a brief summary of the highlights:

Gibraltar Straits Watchpoints 01/09/1997 - 04/09/97
On Birdlife International "Migras" Survey.

White Stork c.800
Red Kite 3
Black Kite 280
Eurasian Griffon-vulture 15
Egyptian Vulture 49
Short-toed Eagle 29
Booted Eagle 65
European Honey-buzzard c.2700
Hen Harrier 1 adult female
Montagu's Harrier 8 female Hunting close to Watchpoint. .
Montagu's Harrier 1 male High overhead..
Northern Goshawk 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 9
Peregrine Falcon 1
Common Kestrel 2
Alpine Swift 4
Common Swift 12
Pallid Swift c.7
White-rumped Swift 1
Sand Martin 12
European Bee-eater c.40
Barn Swallow 170

The second week was spent in Extremadura and Donana. We done really well seeing most of our target species. Again here are the highlights. The water levels were quite high throughout the region. The Lucio Cerrado Garrido area of Donana being the exception and totally dried up. There was however, a flooded field nearby which had a good selection of Wetland birds.

* La Janda 31/08/1997

Little Egret 2
Purple Heron 1 juvenile
White Stork 1
Western Marsh-harrier 1 adult female
Hen Harrier 1 female
Montagu's Harrier 1 adult female
Black-eared Wheatear 1 adult male
Woodchat Shrike 1

* Laguna de Medina, 5/9/97,

Black-necked Grebe c.20 adult winter
Greater Flamingo 10
White-headed Duck c.20
Garganey 1 Eclipse , T.
Marbled Duck 2, At least one. Possibly two .
Red-crested Pochard c.15 adult female , Eclipse
Ferruginous Duck 1 Eclipse male , T.
European Honey-buzzard c.150
Osprey 1,
Purple Gallinule 3,
Eurasian Coot c.10000
Black-winged Stilt c.10

* Brazo Del Este 05/09/1997

Little Egret c.50
Grey Heron 1
Purple Heron 4
Cattle Egret 6
Squacco Heron 11
Black-crowned Night-heron c.50
Glossy Ibis 24

* Sierra Morena 06/09/1997

Eurasian Black Vulture 3

* Southern Badajoz 07/09/1997

Montagu's Harrier 1 adult male Melanistic form..
Lesser Kestrel c.16 Flock of about 16. Two male birds seen perched on pylon wires.
Great Bustard c.14,
Black-bellied Sandgrouse 4,
Azure-winged Magpie c.60
Calandra Lark c.100

* Lucio Cerrado Garrido 08/09/1997

Black Stork 5
White Stork c.60
Glossy Ibis 4
Eurasian Spoonbill 1
Whiskered Tern 1,
Short-toed Lark 3
Lesser Short-toed Lark 4,

* El Rocio 08/09/1997

Greater Flamingo c.100
Black-winged Stilt c.150
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 3

* El Acebuche 08/09/1997

Eurasian Spoonbill c.15
Western Marsh-harrier 1
Water Rail 1
Little Crake 1 Possible female/juvenile.
Red-necked Nightjar 1 Seen briefly over car.

* La Rocina 09/09/1997

Purple Heron 1
Eurasian Spoonbill c.11
Purple Gallinule 1
Cattle Egret c.500
Spotless Starling c.1000

* Laguna de Tarelas 11/09/1997

Very few Water birds here!
Little Bustard 1 Flying overhead.
Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin 1

* Laguna del Comisario 11/09/1997

White Stork c.1500
Greater Flamingo 6


JULY 08, 1997
Daytrip report
by Perry van Munster

Guadalhorce Area, 18.30-21.00

It was a nice and warm evening with temperatures over 30 degrees. As always we started our walk after parking our car in the nothern area. The area is only a few kilometers long, so speaking of north and south is a little bit much. From North to south you pass first some small pools, after that 2 big ones with artificial little islands. The more you go to the beach direction, the more brakkish the pools get. Finally you end up at the beach. The wintering Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) where gone. Three Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) were still here and propably will stay till winter. At the small pools we found a couple of Little Grebes (Ixobrychus minutus), possibly breeding there. Above them a group of 6 Bee-eaters (Merops Apiaster) circled. Sometimes I heard the zeeeeee call of a Kingfisher (Alcedo Atthis). Defenitly present but not seen that evening. Around the big pools closest to sea lots of gulls were gathered on the small islands. A normal sight at this time of the year. All the first-summer gulls waited, rested here and some were feeded by there parents. groups of Mallards and little Egrets stayed allert. Between a group of 50 Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus) I found seven Audouin„s Gulls (Larus Audouinii). The hundreds af other gulls were Yellow legged Gulls (Larus cachinnans). The time of the year made it quiet here. Most birds were breeding or hiding their young. However at the last pound closest to the seaside, wich often has some waders, we saw a Collared Pratincole (Glareola Pratincola) at close range. A group of 5 Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) flew over and on the muddy parts 2 Greenshanks (Tringa Nebularia) were feeding. One Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) sadly enough covered with some oil was cleaning himself. Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus) were feeding the young. On the beach it was quiet, only a Sandwich Tern (Sterna Sandvicensis) broke the silence of sea. On our way back a hoovering Kestrel (Falco Tinunculus) and a Hopoo (Upupa epops) kept us away from returning home. After all a quiet but pleasant evening.


mei 3, 1997

Guadalhorce Area
27 degrees no clouds, later on cloudy 16.30-18.30

Ixobrychus minutus, Little Bittern 2ex
Egretta garzetta, Little Egret numerous
Ardea cinerea, Grey Heron a few still left
Ardea purpurea, Purple Heron 2ex overflying the area
Anser anser, Greylag Goose 1
Anas platyrhynchos, Mallard numerous
Gallinula chloropus, Moorhen numerous
Fulica atra, Coot numerous
Himantopus himantopus, Black-winged Stilt >12
Charadrius hiaticula, Ringed Plover 2
Charadrius alexandrinus, Kentish Plover 4 ex
Calidris ferruginea, Curlew Sandpiper 1ex
Calidris alpina, Dunlin >14
Tringa totanus, Redshank 2
Actitis hypoleucos, Common Sandpiper >6
Larus ridibundus, Black-headed Gull numerous
Larus cachinnans, Yellow-legged Gull numerous
Chlidonias niger, Black Tern 1ex
Streptopelia decaocto, Collared Dove numerous
Apus pallidus, Pallid Swift numerous
Merops apiaster, Bee-eater >8
Upupa epops Hoopoe numerous
Galerida cristata, Crested Lark numerous
Hirundo rustica, Swallow numerous
Delichon urbica, House Martin numerous
Motacilla flava, Yellow Wagtail 2ex
Luscinia megarhynchos, Nightingale everywhere
Turdus merula, Blackbird numerous
Cisticola juncidis, Fan-tailed Warbler numerous
Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Reed Warbler >4
Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Great Reed Warbler 1
Sturnus unicolor, Spotless Starling numerous
Passer domesticus, House Sparrow numerous
Carduelis/Chloris chloris, Greenfinch numerous
Carduelis carduelis, Goldfinch numerous
Otus scops Scops, Owl At Torre Blanca (Fuengirola) later in the evening


april 20, 1997
Guadalhorce Area
25 degrees, no clouds between. 17.00-20.00

Phalacrocorax carbo, Cormorant (Still a small amount present)
Ixobrychus minutus, Little Bittern 1 ex.
Egretta garzetta, Little Egret, abundant
Ardea cinerea, Grey Heron > 6
Anser anser, Greylag Goose, 1ex always 1 present here
Anas platyrhynchos, Mallard >4
Gallinula chloropus, Moorhen >5
Fulica atra, Coot >10
Himantopus himantopus, Black-winged Stilt 14ex.
Charadrius alexandrinus, Kentish Plover >3
Calidris alba, Sanderling >10
Tringa totanus, Redshank 1ex
Arenaria interpres, Turnstone 1ex
Larus minutus, Little Gull 4ex
Larus ridibundus, Black-headed Gull >40
Larus cachinnans, Yellow-legged Gull >60
Gelochelidon nilotica, Gull-billed Tern, 2ex on pounds
Sterna sandvicensis, Sandwich Tern 4ex at seaside
Sterna albifrons, Little Tern >6 at seaside
Streptopelia decaocto, Collared Dove >6
Streptopelia turtur, Turtle Dove 4ex.
Apus apus, Swift, abundant
Alcedo atthis, Kingfisher 2ex
Upupa epops, Hoopoe 1
Galerida cristata, Crested Lark 4 on path
Riparia riparia, Sand Martin>6 around pounds
Hirundo rustica, Swallow >4
Delichon urbica, House Martin, abundant
Luscinia megarhynchos, Nightingale >5 heard singing
Oenanthe hispanica, Black-eared Wheatear 1ex. Normally not present here
Turdus merula, Blackbird, abundant
Cettia cetti, Cetti's Warbler, everywhere
Cisticola juncidis, Fan-tailed Warbler, everywhere
Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Reed Warbler, 2ex heard
Acrocephalus arundinaceus, Great Reed Warbler, 1ex heard
Lanius senator, Woodchat Shrike, 1 juvenile
Sturnus unicolor, Spotless Starling, abundant
Passer domesticus, House Sparrow, abundant
Serinus serinus, Serin, abundant
Carduelis/Chloris chloris, Greenfinch, abundant
Carduelis carduelis, Goldfinch, abundant
Miliaria calandra, Corn Bunting 2ex.

april 20, 1997
Guadalhorce Area
25 degrees, no clouds between. 17.00-20.00