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Trip Reports. December 2008

1st December
Azure Winged Magpie
Corredor Verde (10a.m.).
Black Cap, Sardinian Warbler,Chiffchaff, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti’s Warbler, Black Redstart, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Black Shouldered Kite, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Hoopoe, Serin, Greenfinch
Laguna de Quema.
Tufted Duck, Pochard, MarshHarrier, Swallow, House Martin, Red Rump Swallow, Golden Plover, Buzzard, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing
Puente Don Simon.
2 Kingfisher, Southern Grey Shrike
Cañada de Rianzuela.
White Headed Duck, Black Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, 500 Black Winged Stilt, Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall, Pochard
Rice Paddies.
Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis, Greenshank, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, White Stork, Black Stork, Lesser Black Backed Gull
Huerta Tejada.
1000+ Common Crane, 5,000+Greylag Geese, Spanish Sparrow, Hen Harrier, 3 Black Shouldered Kite, Purple Swamp Hen, Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Buzzard, 10+ Kestrel, Calandra Lark, Short Toed Lark
Puente de los Vaqueros
2 Little Owl
Highlights:Thousands of Crane close in field-calling with thousands of Greylag overhead in chorus! Joined by male Hen Harrier on the ground! White Headed Duck, total of 5 Black Shoulder Kite! Sheer numbers of all birds impressive.
Weather: cold at times but mainly clear.
3rd December
El Rocio (9.00a.m.)
5 Penduline Tits ,Teal, Flamingo, Black Tailed Godwit, Azure Wing Magpie
Villamanrique Road
Corredor Verde (10a.m.).
Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, 2 Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Kingfisher, Black Shouldered Kite
Laguna de Quema.
2 Great Crested Grebe, 4+Tufted Duck, Pochard, Coot, Swallow, 2 Red Rump Swallow, House Martin, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Red Kite
Dehesa de Banco.
Wood and Green Sandpipers, Snipe, Skylark
Puente Don Simon (12 noon).
Black Stork, White Stork, Blue Throat, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Egrets, Greenshank
Cañanda de Rianzuela.
Shoveler, Little Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Black Redstart, Gadwall, Pochard, Mallard, Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, 2 Booted Eagle, Jackdaw, Raven
The Reedbeds.
Purple Swamp Hen, Green Sandpiper, 2 Blue Throat, Common Waxbill (20) ,Merlin, Marsh Harrier,
The Gravel Pits.
Common Sandpiper
Casa de Bombas.
Buzzard,10 Kestrels, 3 Black Shouldered Kite, Hen Harriers
Huerta Tejada.
Great White Egret, Greylag Geese, 50 Common Crane, 5 Stone Curlew, Calandra Lark, 2 Osprey-on ground!!
Highlights: Penduline Tits in front of Toruño window - first birds!! Good views of hunting Black Shouldered Kite with vole! Blue Throats. Good comparison of Wood and Green Sandpipers - side by side and both calling!
Weather: Incredibly lucky with weather-most of Andalucia had heavy rain in afternoon!
14th December.
Low tide at edge of Odiel at Calatilla. (12.30-3.30 p.m).
Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Curlew, Avocet, BlackT ailed Godwit, Black Winged Stilt, Grey Plover, Snipe, Spoonbill, White Stork, Marsh Harrier, 2 Osprey, Kestrel, Yellow Legged Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Black Headed Gull, Black Necked Grebe, Cormorant, Shoveler, Purple Swamp Hen (Gallinule), Greater Flamingo, 2 Sandwich Tern, Zitting Cisticola, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Spanish Sparrows, Meadow Pipit, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Black Billed Magpie, White Wagtail, Little Egret, Robin, Common Coot, Little Grebe.
Highlight: One Godwit brick red - virtually breeding plumage!
Weather: Cold and windy, heavy showers and sunny intervals.
19th December.
Laguna de San Lazaro (11.30a.m.).
Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, Meadow Pipits, Azure Winged Magpies, Southern Grey Shrike
Dehesa de Banco (12 noon).
50 Barn Swallow, House Martin, Lapwing
Dehesa de Pilas.
Red Legged Partridge
Partido de Resina(12.30-2.30).
Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret, 500 plus Calandra Lark, Skylark, White Wagtail, Buzzard, Marsh and Hen Harriers, Black Shouldered Kite, Kestrel, White Stork, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull.
Cañada de Rianzuela/Rice Paddies (3.00-5.00p.m.)
Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Spoonbill, Black Stork, White Stork, Flamingo, Grey Lag Geese, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Shoveler, Red Crested Pochard, Pochard, Black Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Mallard, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Raven, Jackdaw, Hen Harrier, Fan Tailed Warbler, Blackcap, Great Tit, Black Billed Magpie
Entremuros (6.00).
Black Stork, 2 Barn Owl, 100 plus Night Heron (roost)
Weather: Sunny all day
Highlight: Sparrowhawk chasing large lark flocks, Night Herons sitting tight like so many discarded plastic bags!
20th December.
El Rocio (8.00a.m.).
Pied Wagtails (roost), Cattle Egret (roost), Little Egret, Pintail, Shoveler, Mallard, Pochard, Teal, Little Grebe, Black Tailed Godwit, Black Winged Stilt, Flamingo, 100 plus Glossy Ibis, Grey Lag Geese, Swallow, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Fan Tailed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler
Boca del Lobo(10a.m.).
Skylark, Crested Lark, Little Owl, Serin, Snipe, Robin, Black Billed Magpie,
Villamanrique Road. 11.00a.m.
20 Black Redstart, 11 Southern Grey Shrike, Black Shouldered Kite, Hen Harrier,
Dehesa de Pilas.
100 Swallow, House Martin, Hen Harrier, Merlin, 7 Golden Plover, Lapwing, Red Kite, Crane flying over, Calandra Lark, Fan Tailed Warbler, Skylark, Green Sandpiper
Cañada de Rianzuela.
Great White Egret, 8 Waxbill, Booted Eagle, Black Necked Grebe, etc. - as yesterday! 10 Black Stork, White Stork, Kingfisher, Linnet, Corn Buntings, Spanish Sparrow, Raven
Rice Paddies.
Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwit, Purple Gallinule 

Weather:Glorious sunny all day 17 degrees.
Highlight: Merlin chasing Barn Swallows etc. in December, Little Owl in broad daylight and puffed up against the night's chill - in exactly the same spot I saw one 4 year's ago!

21st December.
El Rocio (8.00a.m.).
Sparrowhawk, Glossy Ibis,Yellow Wagtail, House Martins: 100 on Church, mainly juveniles, Cetti's Warbler, Black Restart, Purple Gallinule, Snipe
Entremuros (12 Noon).
Cranes in flight.
Brazo del Este (1.00-3.30p.m.).
200 Waxbills,Tree Sparrow, Penduline Tit, Hoopoe, Black Kite, 2 Booted Eagle, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel,Great White Egret, Blue Throat, Purple Gallinules,
Rice Paddies.
Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Golden Plover, Black Winged Stilt, White Stork, Black stork, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff
Reedbeds (5.30 p.m.)
Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Purple Gallinule, Fan Tailed Warbler, Waxbills, Spoonbill, Linnet, Greenfinch, Southern Grey Shrike.
Corredore Verde (6.00 p.m.).
200 Night Heron-roost

Weather: Sunny/Warm no wind
Highlights: A most unexpected Yellow Wagtail at Rocio Boca de Lobo to go with the Grey Wagtail I had at Vado de Quema on 3/12/08.Noisy flocks of Waxbills by the Guadira more like Africa than Andalucia - associating with Tree Sparrows and Penduline Tit for good measure!

22nd December
Laguna de Primera de Palos
10 Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Pochard, Purple Gallinule