Saturday, 21 May 2011

Spanish Birding – Round-up – 20th May 2011

So as you may have gleaned we had a very productive week in Spain. To summaries the domestics:
  1. We flew by a budget airline to Sevilla (picking our way through the minefield of ticket pricing, baggage allowance, baggage size, on line check in, baggage drop off etc etc).
  2. We stayed in the town of Aznalcazar, just to the west of Sevilla and north of Donana, in the Hotel Lince, reasonably priced and very friendly. 
  3. Hired a car from the airport booked through “do-you-spain” which turned out to be Hertz.
  4. But best of all; we booked a day with Peter who operates “Donana Bird Tours” (http://www.donanabirdtours.com).  Peter went out of his way to tailor the day to our needs, finding me two lifers, giving a valued insight into the area’s diversity of habitats and answering all those questions that had been on my mind after eight years of birding in Spain but had only books to refer to. 

Our schedule took us for a day down to the Jose Antonio Valverde (JAV) visitor’s centre, a day with Peter going out and across the river Guadalquivir right across to Paraje Natural Brazo del Este area, then a rest day in Sevilla before driving up to Monfague via Belen, then a couple more day in Donana, stretching pass Huelva on the coast to the Isla de Saltes. 

For reference we found the late John Butler's book A Bird Watching Guide to Donana, invaluable, plus several Mapa Provincial maps available from Stamfords of London.  Thank you again Peter! 








123 species in total and for the record I’ll list them: 

Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Great Egret
Little Egret
Squacco Heron
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Stork
Glossy Ibis
Eurasian Spoonbill
Greater Flamingo
Greylag Goose
Muscovy Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Common Pochard
Black-shouldered Kite
Red Kite
Black Kite
Egyptian Vulture
Eurasian Griffon
Short-toed Eagle
Western Marsh-Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Golden Eagle
Booted Eagle
Lesser Kestrel
Common Kestrel
Red-legged Partridge
Purple Gallinule
Common Moorhen
Red-knobbed Coot
Eurasian Coot
Great Bustard
Black-winged Stilt
Pied Avocet
Stone-curlew
Collared Pratincole
Grey Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Black-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Common Greenshank
Common Redshank
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Temminck's Stint
Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Black-headed Gull
 
Gull-billed Tern
Sandwich Tern
Whiskered Tern
Rock Pigeon
Common Wood-Pigeon
Eurasian Turtle-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Common Cuckoo
Little Owl
Common Swift
Common Kingfisher
European Bee-eater
European Roller
Hoopoe
Eurasian Wryneck
Calandra Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark
Thekla Lark
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Common House-Martin
Iberian Yellow Wagtail
Eurasian Blackbird
Zitting Cisticola
Cetti's Warbler
Eurasian Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Blackcap
Greater Whitethroat
Western Orphean Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Common Nightingale
European Stonechat
Black-eared Wheatear
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Eurasian Penduline-Tit
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Azure-winged Magpie
Eurasian Magpie
Eurasian Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Common Raven
Spotless Starling
Cirl Bunting
Corn Bunting
European Goldfinch
Eurasian Linnet
European Serin
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Golden Bishop
Common Waxbill
East Anglia Year Count: 133 (April)

Life bird count: 403. Year bird count: 203. Month bird count: 153 (April)
Photos:  Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus); Great Egret (Ardea alba); Adalucian Meadow



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