Sunday, 29 June 2008


Heres the highlights from a cracking EuroBirding break to sunny Spain.

White headed Duck - 2m 1f 2yng at Rio Guadalhorce Reserve,Malaga

Griffon Vulture - 5 roosting by the WRSwift cave at Sierra de la Plata

15 thermalling over Valle del Santuario,Tarifa

3 from the cafe at Mirador del Estrecho,Tarifa

Short-toed Eagle - 3 La Janda plain and one giving stunning views from Mirador del Estrecho

Booted Eagle - 2 enroute to Rhonda , one Valle del Santuario and one Brazo del Este,Sevilla

Lesser Kestrel - several Rhonda

Purple Gallinule - 2 at Sotogrande marsh , many at Brazo del Este

Audouin's Gull - common along Costa del Sol coast at any river mouth 100+

MONK PARAKEET - 3 Rio Velez , 20+ Rio Guadlahorce Reserve

RED NECKED NIGHTJAR - 2 Sierra de la Plata pre dawn

WHITE RUMPED SWIFT - 1 probably upto 3 Sierra de la Plata cave (eastside)

SHARP'S WOODPECKER - one seen and heard at WRSwift site

WESTERN OLIVACEOUS WARBLER - 4+ Rio Velez by road bridge (N340),Torre del Mar

WESTERN ORPHEAN WARBLER - pair Rio Guadlahorce Reserve

VILLAGE WEAVER - 2f + 2yng+ Rio Guadlahorce

BLACK HEADED WEAVER - 2m 3f+ Brazo del Este
YELLOW CROWNED BISHOP - 2m 1f+ Brazo del Este

other species seen to complete the trip list -Little Grebe,Greater Flamingo,Pochard,Mallard,Night Heron,Cattle and Little Egret,Grey and Purple Heron,White Stork,Glossy Ibis,E.Spoonbill,Black Kite,Monty's and Marsh Harrier,E.Sparrowhawk,C.Buzzard,Osprey,C.Kestrel,Peregrine,RL Partridge,Quail,Moorhen,Coot,BWStilt,Exocet,LRP,KP,Lapwing,Ruff,Blackwit,Redshank,Green Sand,BHGull,YLGull,Gull-billed Tern,Whiskered Tern,Little Tern,Feral Pigeon,E C Dove,Turtle Dove,Little Owl,Tawny Owl,Common,Pallid and Alpine Swifts,Bee-eater,Hoopoe,GSWpecker,Calandra,GSToed,Crested and Thekla Larks,Crag Martin,B Swallow,RR Swallow,H Martin,White,Yellow and Grey Wags,Robin,Stonechat,Black-Eared and Black Wheatear,Blue Rock Thrush,Blackbird,Cetti's,Fan-tailed,Reed,Great Reed,Spectacled,Sardinian,Willow Warblers,Blackcap,Spot Fly,Blue,Great Tits,Woodchat,Red billed Chough,Jackdaw,C Crow,Spotty Starling,House,Tree Sparrow,Common Waxbill,Chaffinch,Greenfinch,Linnet,Serin and Corn Bunting.
total 107 which includes 5 world ticks and 3 WesternPal ticks plus another potential in the bag.
Unfortunaely I missed Red Avadavat and Black rumped Waxbill but they'll keep for a return visit late summer for Ruppell's Vulture...sorted!

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