|A very alert Roller Carraca Europea Coracias garrulus|
Off reasonably early so that I arrived at the Laguna Gosque pool just north of Martin de la Jara in time to have the sun on my back and get a good look at this lake which I only discovered yesterday evening. Quite a variety about in addition to the scores of Coots on the choppy waters including Red-crested Pochard, Mallard and Little Grebe on the water, Avocets and Black-winged Stilts on the edges along with a few Great Crested Grebes and a family of White-headed Ducks. On the far side 85 Flamingos and above the water feeding Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns along with the odd Barn Swallow. The nearby vegetation held singing Reed Warblers and a number of scurrying Red-legged Partridges which rapidly disappeared when the lovely male Marsh Harrier drifted over.
|The Red-crested Pochards Pato Colarado Netta rufina are gradually losing their colour|
Next came the drive over to the Osuna Lakes which were very much short of water. On the way a Thekla Lark, Jackdaw and Raven and once the scope was set up at the main pool near the La Lantejuela turn I was soon into loads of singing Great Reed Warblers, Corn Buntings and Turtle Doves on the wires and many Whiskered Terns feeding over the water. Ducks included Mallard, Pochard and Shoveler and even a single Purple Swamphen put in an appearance. Naturally, there had to be at least one Common Kestrel. However, the best sight was that of a Collared Pratincole that flew over the road and then sat well exposed at the water's edge offering a very good view - but too windy and distant for a photograph. The neighbouring lake only offered up a single Kentish Plover in addition to more Black-winged Stilts and a small number of Flamingos.
|One of many Lesser Kestrels Cernicalo Primilla Falco naumanni seen at the old barn|
|A very alert Southern Grey Shrike Alcaudon Real Lanius meridionalis|
|Found at last, one of the two Little Stints Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta|
|One very lonely Wood Sandpiper Andarrios Bastardo Tringa glareola|
|A group of three Curlew Sandpipers Correlimos Zarapitin Calidris ferruginea|
|This Common Pochard Porron Europeo Aythya ferina has seen more than enough for one day!|
Birds seen:Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Red-legged partridge, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cattle Egret, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Collared Pratincole, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Stint, Curlew sandpiper, Dunlin, Wood Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Swift, Bee-eater, Roller, Crested lark, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Stonechat, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Southern Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet and Corn Bunting.
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