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Trip Reports. April 2009

3rd April.

Corredor Verde (9-10.30a.m.)
Corn Bunting, Stonechat, Zitting Cisticola, Tree Sparrow, Blackbird, Great Tit, Red Legged Partridge, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Nightingale, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Hoopoe, Bee-Eater, Red Rumped Swallow, Quail(h), Crested Lark, Kestrel, Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Black Kite, Cuckoo(h).
Laguna de Quema
Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Black Winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper.
Puente de Don Simon (11.30a.m.)
Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler
Cañada de Rianzuela (12-1.00p.m.)
WHITE HEADED DUCK, Shoveler, Red Crested Pochard, Black Necked Grebe, Flamingo, Spoonbill, Black Winged Stilt, Jackdaw, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle.
Casa de Bombas (2.30p.m.)
Spanish Sparrow, Linnet, Red Rumped Swallow, SHORT TOED LARK, Bee-Eater, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, MONTAGU'S HARRIER, Marsh Harrier,
Cano de Guadamar (5-7.00p.m.)

SHORT TOED EAGLE, SEDGE WARBLER, 7 COLLARED PRATINCOLE, 25 PINTAIL SANDGROUSE, Swamp Hen, Purple Heron, Little Grebe, Raven, Common Sandpiper, Meadow Pipit, SHORT TOED LARK, Yellow Wagtail, Calandra Lark, 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER.
JAV (5.30p.m.)
Avocet, Gadwall, Purple Swamp Hen, 500 Ibis, Black Crowned Heron, Chifchaff, Spanish Sparrow, Flamingo.
Weather: Very still,warm
Highlights:Good numbers of returning migrants: Yellow Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike, Bee-Eater etc. Good views of various larks including Calandra and Short Toed. Memorable sight of a flock of 25 Pintail Sandgrouse which flew direcly in front of us-pin sharp (sic) in the evening light. Good views of Montagu's Harrier and Short Toed Eagle.
9th April.
Corredor Verde (9.15a.m.)
Corn Bunting, Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler, Greenfinch, Serin, Zitting Cisticola, Crested Lark, Raven, Hoopoe, Collared Dove, Nigtingale(h), Cetti's warbler (h), Red Rumped Swallow, Cuckoo(h), Little Owl, Buzzard, Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Montagus Harrier, Black Kite, Tree Sparrow, Great Tit,
Vado de Quema (10.00a.m.)
Pallid Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Common Sandpiper, Mallard, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Coot, Moorhen,
Cañada de Rianzuela (11.30a.m.)
Common Sandpiper, Stork, Spoonbill, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Black Necked Grebe, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Pochard, Flamingo, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Bee-Eater, Black Kite
Casa de Bombas (2.30p.m.)
2 BLACK STORK, 100 Collared Pratincole, Griffon Vulture, Green Sandpiper
Cano de Guadiamar (4.00p.m.)
50 Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, Green Sandpiper, Raven, Collared Pratincole, Linnet, Red Kite, Black Kite, Short Toed Eagle, WHINCHAT, Cuckoo, Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron, Booted Eagle, Yellow Wagtail, Spanish Sparrow, Short Toed Lark, Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Calandra Lark, Northern Wheatear, Little Grebe,
JAV (4.30P.M.
Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Black Crowned Night Heron, Gadwall, Red Crested Pochard, Avocet, Redshank, Sand Martin
Weather: Warm,light breeze
Highlights: Soaring Black Storks and Griffon Vultures, Good views of Red Kite and perched Short Toed Eagle, continued nest building at the JAV Heronry and Stork colonies. Build up of numbers of common summer visitors.
13th April.

Corredor Verde (9.00a.m.)
6 TURTLE DOVE, Wood Lark, Azure Winged Magpie, Black Billed Magpie, TreeSparrow, Nightingale, Cetti’s Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, SardinianWarbler, Zitting Cisticola, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Red Rumped Swallow,Serin, Greenfinch, Bee-Eater,
Vado de Quema (9.45a.m.)
Red Crested Pochard, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Coot,
Laguna de Mancho Zurillo (10.30a.m.).
Hoopoe, Black Kite, White Stork, Cuckoo(h), Booted Eagle,
Dehesa de Pilas(11.00a.m.)
200 Collared Pratincole, 100 Pallid Swift, 200 Bee-Eater, Sand Martin, HouseMartin, Swallow, Buzzard, Calandra Lark, Spanish Sparrow,
Hato Raton.
WHINCHAT, 2 Northern Wheatear, 8 Montagu's Harriers,
Caño de Guadamar (2.00p.m.)
Purple Swamp hen, Purple Heron,Whiskered Tern, 2 SQUACCO HERON, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Heron, Red Kite, 50GRIFFON VULTURE, SPECTACLED WARBLER, Black Necked and Little Grebe
Black Crowned Heron, Glossy Ibis, Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, Flamingo,Little and Cattle Egrets
Lucio de Lobo Area (5.00p.m.)
PEREGRINE FALCON (?), Avocet, 20 WHIMBREL,  Great White Egret, Short ToedLark, Lesser Short Toed Lark, Short Toed Eagle, Hoopoe,
Weather: Warm
Highlights: Pilas Meadow full ofhundreds of Pallid Swifts, Collared Pratincoles and Bee-Eaters at eye levelhawking insects. Montague’s male and females displaying in front of us. Hoopoe tryingto swallow very large caterpillar on track in front of us-excellent photoopportunity. Interesting large Peregrine with chestnut crown. First TurtleDoves resting on wires.

14th April.

Corredor Verde (9.30a.m.)
White Stork, Corn Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Nightingale, CrestedLark, Woodchat Shrike, Serin, Greenfinch, Stonechat, Corn Bunting, Hoopoe,Azure Winged Magpie, Black Winged Kite, Black Kite, Kestrel, Booted Eagle,Buzzard, Pallid Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Red Rumped Swallow, Blackbird,Collared Dove, Great Tit, Raven, Glossy Starling, Goldfinch
Vado de Quema
Great Crested Grebe, Red Crested Pochard, Coot, Moorhen,
Dehesa de Pilas
Bee-Eater, Spanish Sparrow, Grey Heron, Quail(h)
Partido de Resina (12.00)
Little Ringed Plover, Montague’s Harrier, Calandra Lark, Yellow Wagtail, Spoonbill
Caño Guadamar (2.30p.m)
Purple Heron, Whiskered Terns, Short Toed Larks, Little Grebe, Mallard,
JAV (2.45p.m.)
Flamingo, Great Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Purple Swamp Hen, Glossy Ibis,Little and Cattle Egrets,  Black CrownedNight Heron, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, GreenSandpiper
Weather: warm
Highlights: Good photo opportunitiesfor Montague’s Harrier, Spoonbill, Short Toed Lark etc. Much activity inVillamanrique Stork colony with newly hatched young. Stunning Bee-Eaters atclose range.
15th April.

Corredor Verde (9.15a.m.)
Black Winged Kite, Black Kite, Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Azure WingedMagpie, WHITETHROAT, Sardinian Warbler, Nightingale, Cetti’s Warbler, ZittingCisticola, Serin, Greenfinch, Corn Bunting, Goldfinch, Stonechat, Crested Lark,Tree Sparrow, Cuckoo, Red Rumped Swallow, Swallow, House  Martin, PallidSwift, Sand Martin, Common Swift, Woodchat Shrike, White Stork, Raven
Vado de Quema
Common Sandpiper, Red Crested Pochard, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, LittleGrebe, Black Billed Magpie, Glossy Ibis
Dehesa de Pilas(11.30a.m.) Spanish Sparrow, Bee-Eater, Calandra Lark,
Partido de Resina
6 Montagu’s Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 20 GULL BILLED TERN,
Cano Guadamar(3.00p.m.)
Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron, Yellow Wagtail, Marsh Harrier, 15 GriffonVulture, Great Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Collared Pratincole, SQUACCOHERON, Black Tailed Godwit, Flamingo, Spoonbill, 4 GREY LAGGED GOOSE,
Black Crowned Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron,Gadwall, Moorhen, Red Crested Pochard, Green Sandpiper,
Lucio del Lobo(4.30p.m.)
Great White Egret, Avocet, Black Wing Stilt, Quail(h), Shoveler, Red Kite,Lapwing,
Cantarita (5.00p.m.)
Northern Wheatear, 3 BLACK STORK, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Short Toed Lark,SNIPE

Weather: Mostly sunny, strong coldwesterly, showers

Highlights: Good views of BlackWinged Kite. Good views of Great Reed and Savi’s Warblers. 10 differentRaptors, including mating Red Kite. Late Black Storks.
18th April.

Corredor Verde (9.30)
3 WHITETHROAT, TURTLE DOVE, Cetti's Warbler, Nightingale, GARDEN WARBLER, Tree Sparrow, SEDGE WARBLER, Ravn, Black Winged Kite, Black Kite, Kestrel, Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Zitting Cisticola, Pallid Swift, Common Swift, House Martin, Sand Martin,Woodchat Shrike
Vado de Quema (10.15)
Red Crested Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Coot
Laguna de Mancho Zurillo (11.00a.m.)
Hoopoe, Bee-Eater, GOLDEN ORIOLE, Cormorant, Cuckoo
Dehesa de Pilas (11.30)
200 Bee-Eater, Collared Pratincole, Spanish Sparrow,
Hato Raton (12.30p.m.)
GULL BILLED TERN, Little Ringed Plover, Spoonbill, 6 Montagu Harrier,
Cano de Guadamar (2.00)
Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron, SQUACCO HERON, 4 Short Toed Eagle, Red Kite, 15 Griffon Vulture, Yellow Wagtail, Green Sandpiper
JAV (3.00)
Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Sedge Warblers, Little Grebe, Gadwall, Red Crested Pochard, Lapwing, Marsh Harrier,
Lucio del Lobo Area (4.00)

Weather: Pleasantly warm after cold night

Highlights: Good views of Black Winged Kite. A lot of singing warblers Cetti/Nightingale in Corredor Verde-migrants moving through. First view of stunning male Golden Oriole. Magnificent close Great Spotted Cuckoo-perched on fence and feeding on ground. Displaying Montague Harriers at close rang and on track in front of us.
20th April.
Aracena (9.15)
2 HAWFINCH, Crested Tit, Iberian Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Crag Martin, MELODIUS WARBLER, Linnet, Greenfinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Wren, Cuckoo(h),Nightingale, Cetti, Great Crested Grebe, Black Kite, CIRL BUNTING
Hinojales (10.30)
SHORT TOED EAGLE, ROCK SPARROW, Red Rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Sardinian Warbler, WOODLARK, Stonechat, Linnet, Grey Wagtail, House Martin, Jay, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Hoopoe, BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Segura de Leon (2.00)
3 BLACK STORK, Montagu Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Short Toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture, LITTLE BUSTARD, Quail(h), BLACK EARED WHEATEAR, Calandra Lark, Woodchat Shrike, SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE, Hoopoe, Corn Bunting, Spotless Starling, SPANISH SPARROW, House Sparrow, Azure Wing and Black Billed Magpie, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, White Stork

Weather: Warm and clear

Highlights: Good view of male Little Bustard in breeding plumage and calling.Cameo of Lesser Kestrel,Montagu,Buzzard and White Stork disputing territory with a dodging Raven!Several hunting Short Toed Eagles.Pair of Black Eared Wheatears and Corn Buntings!

23rd April.

Corredor Verde (9.00a.m.)
Corn Bunting, Stonechat, Zitting Cisticola, Woodchat Shrike, Serin, Greenfinch,Goldfinch, Great Tit, Crested Lark, Black Winged Kite, Black Kite, BootedEagle, Buzzard, Cetti’s Warbler, Nightingale, Sardinian Warbler
Vado de Quema
Coot, Great Crested Grebe
Laguna de Mancho Zurillo (10.15)
Hoopoe, Cuckoo(h), Common Swift
Dehesa de Pilas(11.00a.m.)
Pallid Swift, 200 Bee-Eater, 300 Spanish Sparrow, Collared Pratincole, Calandra Lark, Cattle Egret
Hato Raton(1.00p.m.)
8 Montagu’s Harrier, 2 Spoonbill, Common Sandpiper, Black Winged Stilt, Short Toed Eagle, Northern Wheatear, Short Toed Lark
Caño de Guadamar(lunch)
Purple Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Glossy Ibis, 50 GriffonVultures, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Red Crested Pochard, SQUACCO HERON, 2 PIED FLYCATCHER, Great Reed Warbler, 3 Green Sandpiper
JAV (3.00p.m.)
Night Heron, Ibis, Gadwall, Pochard, Purple Heron, Little and Cattle Egret,Savis Warbler, Marsh Harrier
Huerta Tejada(5.00p.m.)
COMMON REDSTART, SUB-ALPINE WARBLER, BONELLI WARBLER, 2 Gull BilledTern, Flamingo, Great White Egret, Linnet, Avocet, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Lesser Short Toed Lark, Raven, Little Owl, Spoonbill, Whiskered Tern, Azure Winged Magpie

Weather: Hot 30 degrees
Highlights: Many photo opportunities-particularly Squacco Heron and Pied Flycatcher. Superb displaying Montagu’s Harriers.
24th April (half day).

Villamanrique (9.00a.m.)
Azure Winged Magpie, Hoopoe, Red Legged Partridge, Nightingale, Bee-Eater
Cañanda de Rianzuela (11.00a.m.)
Black Kite, Flamingo, Black Necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe,CRESTED COOT, Southern Grey Shrike, Whiskered Tern, Common Sandpiper, Red Crested Pochard,

Weather: Hot

Highlights: Photographing Azure Winged Magpies and CRESTED COOT
26th April.

Corredor Verde (9.00a.m.)
Melodius Warbler, TURTLE DOVE,Greenfinch, Serin, Azure Winged Magpie
Laguna de Mancho Zurillo
Cuckoo, Red Rumped Swallow, Nightingale, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola,Sardinian Warbler, Stonechat, Woodchat Shrike, Bee-Eater
Hato Raton (11.00a.m.)
Little Ringed Plover, Lesser and Short Toed Larks, Montagu’s Harrier, Buzzard,
Caño de Guadamar (12.00)
3 SQUACCO HERON, Red Kite, Short Toed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, SwampHen, Yellow Legged Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Whiskered Tern, CollaredPratincole, Turtle Dove, Spanish Sparrow
Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Ibis, Flamingo,Gadawall, Little Grebe, Black Billed Magpie, Red Crested Pochard, Great ReedWarbler, Marsh Harrier, 6 Griffon Vulture,
Escupidera Gate
Raven, Booted Eagle, Black Kite, Whinchat
Caño de Rosaliman (3.00p.m.)
50 Whimbrel, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Ring Plover, Black Tailed Godwit,
Huerta Tejada(5.00p.m.)
2 STONE CURLEW, Grey Plover, Peregrine(?), Little Owl, Grey Heron, ReedWarbler, Quail(h), Swift, Swallow, Sand and House Martin, Savi’s Warbler (h)

Weather: Warm

Highlights: Stone Curlew with otherwaders near Huerta Tejada. Good selection of passage waders.

27th April.
Corredor Verde.
Melodius Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Cetti, Nightingale, Cuckoo (h), Little Owl
Dehesa de Pilas.
Whinchat, Spanish Sparrow, Bee-Eater, Collared Pratincole
Hato Raton
7 Montagu Harrier, Lesser Short Toed Larks, Greater Short Toed Larks, Calandra Larks, Zitting Cisticola, Spoonbill, Red Legged Partridge, Common Sandpiper
Caño de Guadamar (lunch).
15 Griffon Vulture, Black Kite, Short Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Yellow Legged Gull, Little Grebe, Squacco Heron, Great Reed Warbler, Black Tailed Godwit, Black Winged Stilt, Gadwall, Red Crested Pochard, Yellow Wagtail, Red Rumped Swallow, Sand Martin, Black Necked Grebe, Pochard, Woodchat Shrike
Kestrel, Night Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Flamingo
Huerta Tejada
Avocet, Lapwing, RED KNOT, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank,
Gull Billed Tern, Linnet
Weather: Warm

Highlights: Good views of Squacco and Collared Pratincoles. Many photo opportunities.

28th April.
Corredor Verde.
Melodius Warbler
Cañada de Rianzuela(8.30)
Great Reed Warbler, Southern Grey Shrike, Purple Gallinule, Marsh Harrier
Cantarita (10a.m.)
Spoonbill, Booted Eagle, IMPERIAL EAGLE
El Rocio(2.00p.m.)
Spoonbill, Great Reed Warbler, Bee-Eater, Stonechat, House Martin, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper
Weather: Windy, cloud later

Highlights: Imperial Eagle soaring high above Entre Muros.