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Spain May 2006 Species List
     
    Bird Species Comments
         
    Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Small numbers seen most days in suitable habitats
    Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Seen most days in suitable habitat
    Black-necked Grebe   Podiceps nigricollis Upto 10 birds seen at Cano de Guadiamar
    Gannet Morus bassanus Passage of 100+ birds heading west early am at Tavira on 2nd  
    Cormorant   Phalacrocorax carbo A few birds seen in Portugal and around Huelva marshes
    Grey Heron   Ardea cinerea Common everywhere in small numbers
    Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Single bird seen at Embalse de Arroyocampo with good numbers in Donana especially at JAV Visitor Centre and Brazo del Este
    Great White Egret Ardea alba One bird only at Embalse de Arroyocampo
    Little Egret Egretta garzetta Good numbers seen most days in suitable habitats
    Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Single birds seen at several sites in Donana with greatest numbers at Brazo del Este and JAV Visitor Centre
    Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Common everywhere with occasional roosts of 200+ birds both in Extremadura and Donana  
    Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Birds seen at Embalse de Arroyocampo and several sites in Donana
    Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Single birds at Embalse de Arroyocampo, El Acebuche and El Portil with 4+ at JAV Visitor Centre
    Black Stork Ciconia nigra Single bird seen near Portilla del Tietar
    White Stork   Ciconia ciconia Common everywhere
    Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Single bird at El Acerbuche with 4 at Lucio del Lobo and a sizeable nesting colony at JAV Visitor Centre
    Spoonbill   Platalea leucorodia Small numbers seen most days in suitable habitats with biggest concentration of 50+ birds at El Rocio marshes
    Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 100+ birds at Madre de las Marismas del Rocio plus small numbers at JAV Visitor Centre
    Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna Pair seen at Marismas del Odiel on 9th plus several at Pera Marsh on 11th
    Gadwall Anas   strepera Few birds lingering at Madre de las Marismas del Rocio and El Portil
    Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Common Everywhere
    Shoveler Anas clypeata Again a few birds lingering at El Rocio and Canada de Rianzuela
    Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris 10 birds seen at Brazo del Este on 10th May
    Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina Few birds seen daily at various sites in Donana
    Common Pochard Aythya ferina Relatively common at several sites in Donana
    White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala Up to 3 birds seen at Canada de Rianzuela on 8th & 10th with single bird at Cano de Guadiamar on 8th
    Osprey   Pandion haliaetus Only sighting a single bird perched on a fence post at Madrigalejo
    Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Single bird at Palacio de Acebron plus 4 on road to Villamanrique on 7th
    Black-shouldered Kite   Elanus caeruleus Pair at Embalse de Arroyocampo on 4th plus single bird nera Niebla on 9th with 10+ birds in the Corredor Verde
    Red Kite Milvus milvus Birds seen daily in Extremadura with singles near El Rocio on 7th and Lucio del Lobo and Cano de Guadiamar on 8th
    Black Kite   Milvus migrans Common Everywhere
    Egyptian Vulture   Neophron percnopterus Pair seen at Mirador de la Bascula on 3rd
    Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus Common in Extremadura & c100 birds seen on 6th near JAV Visitor Centre
    Black Vulture Aegypius monachus Single birds seen at Belen Plains & Monfrague on 3rd
    Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus Pair near Torrejon el Rubio on 3rd & single birds at Cano de Guadiamar on 8th and in Corredor Verde on 10th  
    Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Few birds seen regularly in appropriate habitat
    Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus Majority of birds seen were males near Trujillo and in appropriate habitat in Donana
    Common Buzzard Buteo buteo Single bird seen near Zorita on 2nd with daily sightings, but only few birds in Donana
    Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti Single bird seen at Portilla del Tietar on 3rd with another in Sierra de Gredos on 5th
    Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Single birds seen near Santa Marta de Magasca on 3rd and on road from Trujillo to Monroy on 4th
    Booted Eagle Aquila pennatus Few birds seen most days
    Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Good numbers at nesting colonies in Trujillo and Niebla
    Common Kestrel   Falco tinnunculus Common everywhere
    Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa Few birds seen regularly at Castro Marim and in Extremadura
    Quail Coturnix coturnix Birds heard calling at Madrigalejo, Finca Santa Marta and Jardines Botanico de Buitrago
    Little Crake Porzana parva Single bird seen briefly at Embalse de Arroyocampo
    Purple Swamphen   Porphyrio porphyrio Few birds seen at Embalse de Arroyocampo with good numbers in appropriate habitat in the Donana marshes  
    Moorhen   Gallinula chloropus Common in appropriate habitat
    Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata Three collared birds at La Venta del Cruce Gravel Pit and a single bird at Marismas del Odiel
    Coot Fulica atra Common everywhere in appropriate habitat
    Great Bustard Otis tarda Two bird seen on Belen Plains
    Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax Birds heard calling on Belen Plains
    Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Common everywhere in appropriate habitat
    Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Common in Portugal and in Donana
    Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus Single bird seen in flight near the Turf Farm
    Collared Pratincole   Glareola pratincola Few birds seen in flight in Corredor Verde with 27 at the Turf Farm and up to 100 birds in flight at Cano de Guadiamar on 8th, plus two birds at Brazo del Este on 10th
    Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Few birds at Castro Marim on 2nd & 11th with small numbers in Donana
    Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Relatively common in appropriate habitat in Portugal & Donana
    Little Ringed Plover   Charadrius dubius Single birds at Rio Ardila on 2nd, El Acerbuche on 7th & near Niebla on 9th
    Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Few birds seen in Portugal and Donana in appropriate habitat
    Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Few birds at Tavira on 1st and a single bird at Castro Marim on 11th
    Bar-tailed Godwit   Limosa lapponica Several birds at Marismas del Odiel on 9th
    Whimbrel   Numenius phaeopus Small numbers at Tavira on 1st and Marismas del Odiel on 9th with two at Pera Marsh on 11th
    Redshank Tringa totanus Common in appropriate habitat in Portugal and Donana
    Greenshank Tringa nebularia Single birds at Tavira on 1st, Corredor Verde on 10th & Castro Marim on 11th
    Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus Only sighting a single bird on Rio Magasca on 4th
    Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Two birds at Brazo del Este on 10th
    Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Quite common in Donana
    Turnstone   Arenaria interpres Occasional birds seen in Portugal and at Marismas del Odiel on 9th
    Knot   Calidris canutus Small flock in summer plumage at Castro Marim on 2nd and also at Marismas del Odiel on 9th
    Sanderling Calidris alba Few birds at Tavira on 2nd and Castro Marim on 11th and also several sites in Donana
    Little Stint Calidris minuta Single bird at Castro Marim on 2nd and also at Brazo del Este on 10th
    Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Quite common in Portugal and Donana and mainly in summer plumage
    Dunlin   Calidris alpina Quite common in Portugal and Donana
    Ruff Philomachus pugnax Single bird at Castro Marim on 2nd and also Lucio del Loboon 8th
    Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii Up to 12 birds including 3 adults at Marismas del Odiel on 9th
    Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus Several birds at Tavira on 2nd
    Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis Common in coastal areas in Portugal and Donana
    Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus A few birds seen at Marismas del Odiel on 9th
    Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica Good numbers at Brazo del Esteon 10th and two birds at Pera Marsh on 11th
    Sandwich Tern   Sterna sandvicensis Birds at Tavira on 2nd, Marismas del Odiel on 9th and Pera on 11th
    Common Tern   Sterna hirundo Two birds only flying along river at Portilla del Tietar on 3rd
    Little Tern Sterna albifrons Relatively common in Portugal and small breeding colony at Marismas del Odiel on 9th
    Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida Common in marshy areas in Donana and several birds at Pera Marsh on 11th
    Black Tern Chlidonias niger Few birds seen daily at El Rocio plus pair at Pera on 11th
    Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus Relatively common everywhere
    Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Single bird on wires south of Madrigalejo on 2nd
    Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Common everywhere
    Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius Pair at Tavira on 1st and near Zorita on 2nd with single bird on road to Monroy on 4th
    Cuckoo   Cuculus canorus Many birds heard but only three seen, all in Spain
    Scops Owl Otus scops Two birds heard calling at Finca Santa Marta
    Eagle Owl   Bubo bubo Adult and two young at nest site at Portilla del Tietar on 3rd
    Little Owl Athene noctua Pair seen at Monroy on 4th
    Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis Five birds seen on road between La Rocina and Palacio de Acebron on 8th and 9th
    Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba Four birds at Rio Almonte on 3rd
    Swift Apus apus Common everywhere
    Pallid Swift   Apus pallidus Birds seen around Trujillo on 3rd, Niebla Castle and El Portil on 9th
    Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Single birds at Rio Magasca on 4th, Corredor Verde and near La Vente del Cruce on 8th
    Bee-eater Merops apiaster Common everywhere in small numbers
    Roller   Coracias garrulus Single bird at Rio Ardila on 2nd
    Hoopoe   Upupa epops Common everywhere in small numbers
    Calandra Lark   Melanocorypha calandra Several birds on Trujillo to Monroy road on 4th
    Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla Single bird in track-side field at Brazo del Este on 10th
    Crested Lark   Galerida cristata Common everywhere   in suitable habitat
    Thekla Lark Galerida theklae Several birds seen near Logrosan on 4th
    Wood Lark   Lullula arborea Bird singing in display flight near Puente del Duque on 5th
    Sky Lark   Alauda arvensis Few birds on Belen Plains on 3rd with good numbers on upland meadow at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Sand Martin   Riparia riparia Birds seen near Trujillo on 2nd and at Cano de Guadiamar on 8th
    Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris Birds common in suitable habitat in Extremadura
    Swallow Hirundo rustica rustica Common everywhere
    Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica Small numbers seen most days
    House Martin Delichon urbica Common everywhere
    White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba Birds seen at Rio Magasca on 3rd, Embals de Arroyocampo on 4th and Puente del Duque on 5th
    Spanish Yellow-wagtail Motacilla flava iberiae Relatively common in small numbers especially in Donana
    Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea Single bird at Puente del Duque on 5th
    Water Pipit   Anthus spinoletta Single bird in summer plumage at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Goldcrest   Regulus regulus Bird at Puente del Duque on 5th
    Dipper   Cinclus cinclus Single bird at Puente del Duque on 5th
    Wren   Troglodytes troglodytes Single bird seen at roadside stop on way to Extremadura on 2nd and another at Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Dunnock   Prunella modularis Several birds in car park at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Blue Rock-thrush   Monticola solitarius Two birds at Penafalcon on 3rd
    Blackbird Turdus merula Common everywhere
    Mistle Thrush   Turdus viscivorus Single bird in Olive groves near Santa Marta de Magasca on 3rd
    Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis Small nimbers seen in appropriate habitat on 4 days
    Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti Heard almost everywhere in appropriate habitat with good views on 3 days
    Savi's Warbler] Locustella luscinioides Bird seen briefly at Cano de Guadiamar on 8th
    Reed Warbler   Acrocephalus scirpaceus Birds seen at Embalse de Arroyocampo and several sites in Donana
    Great Reed Warbler   Acrocephalus arundinaceus Birds seen at Embalse de Arroyocampo and several sites in Donana - easier to see than Reed Warbler
    Western Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais opaca Two birds seen at Palacio de Acebron 7th
    Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta Bird at Finca Santa Marta on 2nd and Palacio de Acebron on 5th with a few in Corredor Verde on 10th
    Willow Warbler   Phylloscopus trochilus Single bird at Madrigalejo on 2nd
    Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Frequently heard but seen en route to Extremadura on 2nd and Palacio de Acxebron on 7th
    Garden Warbler   Sylvia borin Bird singing in deep scrub at Finca Santa Marta
    Common Whitethroat   Sylvia communis Single bird seen singing in hedgerow on Belen Plains on 3rd
    Lesser Whitethroat   Sylvia curruca Single bird in roadside bushes near Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala Birds seen on most days but not in any great numbers
    Spectacled Warbler   Sylvia conspicillata Single bird near Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Dartford Warbler   Sylvia undata Several birds in scrub near Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Spotted Flycatcher   Muscicapa striata Up to 3 birds in Jardines Botanico de Buitrago on 10th
    Pied Flycatcher   Ficedula hypoleuca Single female at El Acerbuche on 7th
    Robin   Erithacus rubecula Only two birds seen on way to Extremadura on 2nd and on way to Sierra de Gredos on 5th
    Nightingale   Luscinia megarhynchos Numerous birds heard every day with good sightings on at least 4 occasions
    Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica svecica Up to 8 birds seen at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin Cercotrichas galactotes Single bird at Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Black Redstart   Phoenicurus ochruros Single male at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Whinchat Saxicola rubetra Birds seen at Zorita on 2nd, near El Rocio on7th and at San Juan del Puerto on 9th
    Stonechat   Saxicola rubicola Birds seen daiily in appropriate habitat
    Northern Wheatear   Oenanthe oenanthe Single bird seen near Santa Marta de Magasca on 3rd and Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Black-eared Wheatear   Oenanthe hispanica Single bird seen singing on road to Mirador de la Bascula on 3rd
    Long-tailed Tit   Aegithalos caudatus Small floock seen at La Rocina on 7th
    Coal Tit   Periparus ater Birds seen around Puente del Duque on 5th
    Crested Tit   Lophophanes cristatus Single bird at Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Great Tit   Parus major Birds relatively common in Extremadura and Donana
    Blue Tit   Cyanistes caeruleus Only seen on 3 days at Rio Magasca and Palacio de Acebron
    Nuthatch   Sitta europaea Single bird on 2nd in wooded lay-by on N435 in Spain
    Short-toed Treecreeper   Certhia brachydactyla Single bird at Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Penduline Tit   Remiz pendulinus Adult at Embalse de Arroyocampo on 4th, followed by adult and 4 young on 5th
    Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus Heard several times but fleeting glimpse of male only at Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis Seen daily in Extremadura with fewer birds evident in Donana
    Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator Few birds seen almost daily in appropriate habitat
    Jay Garrulus glandarius Two birds seen flying across roads in Portugal plus pair in Sierra de Gredos on 5th
    Azure-winged Magpie   Cyanopica cyana Relatively common everywhere in appropriate habitat
    Magpie   Pica pica Common everywhere
    Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Four birds at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Jackdaw   Corvus monedula Seen relatively regulary but by no means common
    Carrion Crow   Corvus corone Birds seen near Santa Marta de Magasca on 3rd and at Laguna Grande de Gredos on 5th
    Raven   Corvus corax Birds seen on 5 days both in Extremadura and Donana
    Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor Common everywhere
    House Sparrow   Passer domesticus Common everywhere
    Spanish Sparrow   Passer hispaniolensis Small flock at Embalse de Arroyocampo on 4th & 5th with flock of 200+ in Corredor Verde breeding colony on 10th
    Tree Sparrow   Passer montanus Few birds seen in Corredor Verde de Guadiamar on 8th
    Rock Sparrow   Petronia petronia Single female in Sierra de Gredos on 5th with four young on wires nearby
    Red Avadavat   Amandava amandava Mobile flock of up to 40 birds at Madrigalejo on 2nd
    Chaffinch   Fringilla coelebs Relatively scarce with birds only seen on 3 days
    Common Crossbill   Loxia curvirostra Flock of up to 10 juveniles seen feeding at Puente del Duque on 5th
    Greenfinch Carduelis chloris Again, not too common with few birds only seen on 4 days
    Siskin Carduelis spinus Single bird seen with Goldcrest at Puente del Duque on 5th
    Goldfinch   Carduelis carduelis Common everywhere
    Linnet   Acanthis cannabina Few birds seen at Tavira, Sierra de Gredos and in Donana
    Serin Serinus serinus Common everywhere in appropriate habitat
    Hawfinch   Coccothraustes coccothraustes Pair seen at roadside om way from La Rocina & Palacio de Acebron on 7th
    Rock Bunting   Emberiza cia Birds seen at Penafalcon on 3rd and Sierra de Gredos on 5th
    Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra Common everywhere

     

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