Andalucia Bird Society April Field Meeting at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce

Despite the uncertain weather forecast, we have enjoyed a fantastic morning at the Mouth of the Guadalhorce today, with 53 different species recorded during the trip.

Photo: Sanderling (Calidris alba)

Have a look a some more pictures and the complete list of birds observed below!

We were blessed by the songs of the Blackcaps and Serins while waiting by the church for the group to gather, where we could also spot some Bonelli’s Warblers in the canopy.

We could also hear some Reed Warblers and Nightingales in the reeds and tamarisk on the way and within the reserve, though they were hiding very deep into the vegetation today possibly due to the breeze.

There were lots of House Sparrows, Barn Swallows and House Martins around the bridge as well as Greenfinches feeding on the ground, next to the track. There were also some Grey Herons and a Kestrel after the voles next to the Laguna Escondida.

It was a little chilly at the Laguna Escondida hide as the wind was blowing from the north, keeping some Pochards, Moorhens and Coots at the opposite bank, sheltered from the unpleasant wind. But the wind was not a problem for the tiny Zitting Cisticolas to perform their wavy zit-zit flights to mark their territories around the hide.

We moved on to the Laguna de la Casilla hide where we spotted our first White-headed Ducks and Black-winged Stilts, and two couples of Gadwalls. Some Sardinian Warblers showed up in the tamarisks while heading to the Rio Viejo hide from where we had nice views of a lot of Black-winged Stilts, some Redshanks, a common Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover and an Iberian Yellow Wagtail.

There were some more waders at the lake on the way to the beach: Sanderlings, Avocets, Dunlins and Kentish Plovers, as well as a pair of Crested Larks next to the banks of the river. We could clearly hear the song of an Orphean Warbler from here though, unfortunately, it was behaving as the Reed Warblers, Nightingales and Cetti’s Warblers we had listened to before.

In spite of the wind, the sea was very flat and we could spot a big flock of Lesser Black-backed Gulls enjoying their last days on the Costa del Sol, as well as some Bottlenose Dolphins we could see very well through the scopes.

After walking across the beach, where we had great views of a nice Woodchat Shrike, we finished our visit at the Laguna Grande hide, where we were eager to find the Bonaparte’s Gull that has been here for the last three weeks. After scanning a big flock of gulls at the opposite side of the lake composed of an Audouin’s Gull, many beautiful Slender-billed Gulls and Sandwich Terns, some Mediterranean and a lot of Black-headed Gulls, we eventually found the Bonaparte’s Gull swimming in the middle of the pool, with its shorter black bill, smaller than a black-headed one and erratic movements to pick some food up from the water surface.

Once the Bonaparte’s mission was accomplished, we paid more attention to a nice flock of Greater Flamingos, some more White-headed Ducks, a Greenshank and more Kentish and Ringed Plovers, Redshanks and some Sanderlings in beautiful spring plumage just in front of the hide.

Our last bird on the way out was a Pied Flycatcher, one of the various birds on passage we saw today. Great birding in the best possible company!

Complete list of birds observed:

 

SPECIES

SCIENTIFIC NAME

1

Audouin's Gull

Ichthyaetus audouinii

2

Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta

3

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

4

Blackbird

Turdus merula

5

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

6

Black-headed Gull

Chroicocephalus ridibundus

7

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

8

Bonaparte's Gull

Chroicocephalus philadelphia

9

Booted Eagle

Hieraaetus pennatus

10

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

11

Cetti’s Warbler

Cettia cetti

12

Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

13

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

14

Coot

Fulica atra

15

Crested Lark

Galerida cristata

16

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

17

Flamingo

Phoenicopterus roseus

18

Gadwall

Anas strepera

19

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

20

Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

21

Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

22

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

23

Hoopoe

Upupa epops

24

House Martin

Delichon urbicum

25

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

26

Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

27

Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

28

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

29

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

30

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

31

Mediterranean Gull

Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

32

Monk Parakeet

Myiopsitta monachus

33

Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

34

Nightingale

Luscinia megarhynchos

35

Pallid Swift

Apus pallidus

36

Pied Flycatcher

Ficedula hypoleuca

37

Pochard

Aythya ferina

38

Redshank

Tringa totanus

39

Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus scirpaceus

40

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

41

Sanderling

Calidris alba

42

Sandwich Tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis

43

Sardinian Warbler

Sylvia melanocephala

44

Serin

Serinus serinus

45

Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna

46

Slender-billed Gull

Chroicocephalus genei

47

Western Bonelli's Warbler

Phylloscopus bonelli

48

Western Orphean Warbler

Sylvia hortensis

49

White-headed Duck

Oxyura leucocephala

50

Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator

51

Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava

52

Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahelis

53

Zitting Cisticola

Cisticola juncidis

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