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Trip Reports. January 2009

2nd January

Corredor Verde (12 noon)
Little Owl, Night Heron (roost)
Casa de Bombas(12 .15 )
Great White Egret, Black Stork, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper, Spanish Sparrow, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, 500 Common Crane
Caño de Rosaliman (1.00p.m.)
2 Blue Throat, Kentish Plover, Avocet, BWStilt, Black T Godwit, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Flamingo, Purple Gallinule, Hen and Marsh Harriers, 2 Red Kite, Little Grebe, Shoveler, Mallard, Coot, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Corn Bunting, Thousands of Greylag geese
Hato Raton Ricefields (4.00p.m.)
25 Whiskered Tern, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 200 White Wagtails, 150 GlossyIbis, 20 Grey Heron, 20 Spoonbill, 2 Black Stork, 50 White Stork, 20 Greylag Geese, 2 Ruff, 22 Reeve, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 50 Purple Gallinule, Marsh Harrier, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull.

Weather: Very heavy rain making tracks difficult
Highlights: Hato Raton Rice Fields full of a good variety of birds at close range including wintering Yellow Wagtails, and Whiskered Terns. Beautiful male Bluethroat with full throat pattern and white spot.
3rd January
Corredor Verde (9 a.m.)
Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Corn Bunting, Greenfinch, Serin, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Zitting Cisticola, Stonechat, Collared Dove, Southern Grey Shrike, Raven, Azure Winged Magpie, Black Billed Magpie, Robin, Great Tit, Crested Lark, Meadow Pippet, White Wagtail, Song Thrush, Blackbird.
Laguna de Quema (10 a.m.)Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Black Redstart, Coot, Cormorant
Dehesa de Banco (11.00 a.m.)
6 Little Bustard, Swallow, Skylark, Black Shouldered Kite, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing
Cañada de Rianzuela (lunch)
Shoveler, Red Crested Pochard, 6 White Headed Duck, Black Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, 2 Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Southern Grey Shrike, Black Winged Stilt, Avocet, Jackdaw
Casa de Bombas(3.30 p.m.)
Black Shouldered Kite, Hen Harrier, Great White Egret, Black Stork, Common Crane, White Stork,
Huerta Tejada
6 Stone Curlew, Hen Harrier
José Antonio Valverde Visitors Centre (4.00 p.m.)
Gadwall, Flamingo, Red Crested Pochard, Coot, Purple Gallinule, Black Winged Stilt, Greenshank, Avocet, Moorhen,
Marismas de Hinojos (5.00 p.m.)
Spanish Imperial Eagle, Red Kite, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Greylag Geese
Entremuros (6.00 p.m.)
Little Owl, Night Heron (roost)

Weather: Very lucky - some bright sunshine and 18 degrees. Spectacular thunder storm at 6.00 p.m. - making routes tricky! Just escaped!!
Highlights: A superb day's birding. For one client her first Stone Curlews, good views with light on them, 6 little bustard put up by marsh harrier at dehesa de Banco, male White Headed ducks - good views with white faces shining in bright sunlight, Spanish Imperial Eagle - almost last bird of day, hunting low over marismas flushing Greylags and landing with them - flew round us so we got a better view!

9th January.

Corridor Verde (8.45a.m.).
Night Heron(Roost)
Cañada de Rianzuela (9.15a.m.).
White Headed Duck, Shoveler,Mallard, Pochard, Black Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Flamingo, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Booted Eagle, Raven, Jackdaw, Barn Swallow.
Cantarita Ricefields (10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.).
White Stork, Black Stork, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Night Heron, Grey Heron, Crane, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Little Stint, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe, Lapwing, Golden Plover, 16 Stone Curlew, Kingfisher, Cetti’sWarbler, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Crested Lark, Buzzard, MarshHarrier, Hen Harrier, Booted Eagle, 2 Osprey, Red Kite, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Bluethroat, Penduline Tit, Robin, Black Redstart, Little Owl, 12 Purple Gallinule.
Hinojos (3.00p.m.).
Black Shouldered Kite, Red Kite, Blackcap, Southern Grey Shrike, Azure Winged Magpie, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Serin, Song Thrush, Little Owl, White Wagtail, Stonechat.
North of Palma deCondado (5.00p.m.).
35 Red Kite

Weather: Below Zero overnight with heavy frost followed by clear sunny day - no wind.
Highlights: Surreal to watchSwallows hawking"insects" over the half frozen Rianzuela lake! Excellen tviews of a good variety of waders and raptors. Osprey with fish. Flock of 16 Stone Curlew in broad daylight put up by my car and flying over ricefields.
18th January.
Bicycle ride: Villamanrique circuit - Hato Blanco Neuvo - Camino del Partido de Resina - Laguna de San Lazaro - 18km (3.00p.m.).
Crested Lark, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard, Stonechat, Greenfinch, Azure Winged Magpie, Raven, House Sparrow, Booted Eagle, Spanish Sparrow, Serin, Zitting Cisticola, Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, Hoopoe, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Meadow Pippit, collared dove, Wood Pidgeon, Southern grey Shrike, Black Redstart, Pin Tailed Sandgrouse, Cattle egret, Little Egret, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Goldfinch, Calandra Lark, White Stork, Kestrel
Weather: Overcast, breezy, cool.

23rd January.

Corredor Verde (9.00A.M.).
Azure Winged Magpie, Great Tit, Robin, Song Thrush, Corn Bunting, Southern Grey Shrike, Black Redstart, Blackcap, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Hoopoe, Stonechat, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, Woodlark, Peregrine Falcon, Black Shouldered Kite, Buzzard, Night Heron (Roost), Little Owl
Laguna de Quema (9.30 a.m.).
Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Mallard,Cormorant, Booted Eagle
Dehesa de Banco (10a.m.).
Red Kite, Black Shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Raven, Barn Swallow, Skylark, Snipe, White Wagtail
Cañada de Rianzuela (12 noon).
Peregrine Falcon, Flamingo, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Spoonbill, Black Stork, White Stork, Jackdaw
Reed Beds (12.30).
Black Stork, Kingfisher, Purple Swamp Hen, Osprey, Blue Throat
Cantarita (1.00-5.00p.m.)
Great White Egret, Merlin, Ruff, Kentish Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Kingfisher, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black Billed Magpie, Lesser Short Toed Lark
24th January.
Villamanrique (9.00a.m.).
Peregrine Falcon, MistleThrush, Short Toed Treecreeper, Hoopoe
Dehesa de Banco (9.30a.m.).
Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Swallows
Dehesa de Pilas (10.00a.m.).
Sparrowhawk, Raven, Calandra Lark, Skylark
Corredor Verde.
Little Owl
Casa de Bombas (11.00a.m.).
Penduline Tit, Blue Throat, Wryneck, Great White Egret, Black Stork,
José Valverde Visitors Centre.
Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Stilt, Avocet, Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Common Crane, Black Redstart, Song Thrush.
Huerta Tejada.
6 Stone Curlew, Linnet
Cano de Guadimar(3.00p.m.).
3 Little Gull (Second Winter)
Cancela de Escupidera.
Merlin, Golden Plover, Grey Lag Geese, Black Headed Gull, Red Kite, Black Shouldered Kite.

26th January.
Vado Quema (10.15).
Blackcap, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Serin, Great Tit, Sardinian Warber, Zitting Cisticola, Meadow Pipit, 20 Cattle Egret
Laguna de Quema.
Tufted Duck, Pochard, Coot,
Dehesa de Banco (11.15).
Swallows and House Martin
Corredor Verde (11.30).
Black Crown Heron (Roost)
Cañada de Rianzuela (12.30).
Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, White Headed Duck (2 Females), Black Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Shoveler, Pochard, Mallard, Coot,Glossy Ibis, Flamingo, Black Winged Stilt, Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, White Stork,  Black Stork, Swallows, 200+ HouseMartin
Gravel Pits.
Roosting Black Crowned Herons
Rice Paddies(12 noon).
Ruff, Dunlin (500), Ringed Plover, Black Tailed Godwit
Gravel Pits - Second Visit (3.00p.m.)
Southern Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Golden Eagle (immature) - mobbedby light phase Booted Eagle soaring high for 5 mins
Casa de Bombas (4.00p.m.).
Raven, Black Winged Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, 200 + Glossy Ibis, Black Stork, 10 Swamp Hen, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Crested Lark
Corredor Verde (5.30p.m.) GreenSandpiper

Weather: Stiff cold wind but remained dry and sunny

Highlights: Close up views of Buzzards and Kestrels. Clients enjoyed many new birds in particular excellent views of Southern Grey Shrike, Hen Harrier , light phase Booted Eagle, distant Flamingos. For me the memorable sight of a Booted Eagle repeatedly jousting with an immature Golden Eagle twice its size as they soared in the blue sky high above the Cañada de Rianzuela.
30th January.
Short walk: Dehesa Boyal, Villamanriquede la Condesa (11.30a.m.)
House Sparrow, Swallow, Crested Lark, Hoopoe, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Azure Winged Magpie, Blackbird, Raven, Kestrel, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Red Kite, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, Buzzard, Meadow Pippit, House Martin, Serin, Mallard, Robin, Collared Dove
Noted: several Stone Pine trees infested with Processionary caterpillars.
Weather: Clear, sunny sky at start. Clouded up later. Chilly wind.
B.D & Y.D-P.