|23 Curlew Sandpipers present|
|Black Winged Stilt|
|Juvenile Little Ringed Plover|
|Flamingos heading north|
With nothing to be seen over the sea and the water quite rough, we started on the return journey and the hope, with the increasing light, that we might get some better photos of the Curlew Sandpipers, etc. We were not to be disappointed. Time was pressing and we had yet to once more reach the Laguna Casillas where, suddenly, old acquaintances were renewed and a much longer than anticipated stop was made. However, it did give the opportunity to watch a pair of Reed Warblers foraging in the reeds below the hide.
The walk to the Laguna Escondida produced both Pallid Swift and Crested Lark and the water, on arrival, was full of Little Grebe plus White-headed Duck and Coot. So to the Laguna Grande which was awash with gulls and all sorts. In addition to more Black-headed Gulls there were also good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls and a few, mainly immature, Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Having sorted out a juvenile Sandwich Tern, it was quickly joined by 7 Whiskered Terns and the, at the far end, the sight of 8, unringed, Spoonbill. Around the perimeter, scores of Little Egret and the arrival of a small number of Spotless Starlings. The muddy banks immediately in front and to the right of the hide were playing host to a number of waders, mainly Redshank and Little Ringed Plovers. However, first given away by its size when "seeing off" one of the former, a single Spotted Redshank. Yet more Common Sandpipers and it really was time to make our departure.
|Now you see me, now you don't!|
Not surprising, the resident Rock Doves were below the motorway bridge and more Barn Swallows about but the last bird recorded, flying low across the river, was a Red-rumped Swallow. Finally, back at the car, farewells taken and home to face to proverbial music - but a great morning's birding in super company.
|A mix of Curlew sandpipers and Dunlin|
Birds seen:Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Mallard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Whiskered Tern, Sandwich Tern, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Pallid Swift, Common Swift, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow and Spotless Starling.