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1 ORNITHOLIDAYS TOUR TO SPAIN - TARIFA & COTO DONANA Autumn Migration SEPTEMBER 2015 Leader: Steve West

2 ORNITHOLIDAYS TOUR TO SPAIN - TARIFA & COTO DONANA Autumn Migration SEPTEMBER 2015 A Personal Diary It was a wonderful week, with good sunny weather, plenty of birds (more than 150 species), and a great of variety of landscapes and birding sites. While we did not witness exceptional numbers of passage raptors we enjoyed a good representative sample of autumn migration watching at a busy time, with good numbers in particular of Short-toed Eagles, Booted Eagles and Black Storks. The dolphin watching excursion was enjoyed by all, and once again we found a large number of wetland birds on beach, saltpans, pools, ricefields, rivers and lakes. For me the observation of the Red-necked Nightjar was one of the most poignant bird moments, but there were others too: the pair of Spanish Imperial Eagles over the dry Doñana marshes, the flock of 20 Northern Bald Ibis at Barbate, the Little Swifts, Marbled Duck and White-headed Ducks on the day between hotels, the migratory flocks of Black Storks. That was for me, and although I m sure we share many of these highlights in our minds you ll have to ask the tour participants themselves about their best moments! Wednesday 16 th September The group met up at Málaga airport, and although my own flight from Barcelona had been delayed, fortunately people hadn t been waiting long. Arthur and Mary had even made up for lost time by spotting a passing Osprey while having a coffee at the airport! We started the drive towards Tarifa, stopping briefly for a light lunch en-route. By mid-afternoon we had arrived at La Cazalla, a known migration watchpoint overlooking the town of Tarifa, at the very southern tip of Spain. I felt that this was a good spot and time to get a gentle introduction to migration watching, and so it was: over the next hour or so we saw a migrating flock of 10 White Storks, small numbers of Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Black Kite, and Common Kestrel, all of which made for an interesting start. Then we drove on to check in to our finca accommodation near Záhara de los Atunes, wondering at the large number of Cattle Egrets in the fields as we approached. We had a nice meal in a local restaurant, despite the fact that my translation of natillas as cold custard was severely questioned when faced with the evidence brought to us on a plate. Thursday 17 th September This morning saw us out and about for a breezy start at Los Lances Beach, but most importantly we were there to do some good birding before the unruly kite surfers disturbed the birds from the reserve. The fields on the approach to the beach were productive, with flocks of larks, mostly Calandra Lark, with some Crested Larks and numerous Corn Buntings. We watched Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Common Stonechat and Zitting Cisticola all at close range and also had prolonged views of some rather secretive Greater Shorttoed Larks. A couple of fly-by swifts were later confirmed as Pallid Swifts. On the flooded beach areas we enjoyed seeing our first waders: Ringed and Kentish Plovers, Sanderling, Dunlin, Common Redshank and Bar-tailed Godwit, as well as a juvenile Greater Flamingo, a Common Kingfisher and a party of gulls which consisted of Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed and a small group of Audouin s. Arthur alerted us to birds on the move out at sea, and closer scrutiny revealed that they were mostly Scopoli s (Cory s) Shearwaters, with small numbers of Yelkouan Shearwaters and a Northern Gannet. What a great start! We were eager to reach La Cazalla for a migration watch, we didn t want to miss anything! Booted and Shorttoed Eagles were quite numerous and showing well, and we saw Eurasian Griffon Vultures, a single immature Egyptian Vulture, a slightly startled Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and some Alpine Swifts. As we prepared to leave I got everyone out of the minibus just in time to see a Northern Goshawk fly into the distance. Ice-cream and coffee were next, and we also picked up some very good and large sandwiches to take away to our picnic spot. This was in the shade at Huerta Grande, a relaxing spot which was also good for Red Kite, Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 1

3 Firecrest, Crested Tit (heard), Cetti s Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, and Short-toed Treecreeper. A large docile dog followed us around for some of the way, but according to Linda our progress was probably too boring for it to continue with us for long. Immediately after lunch we tried a short stint at Algarroba, another migration watch point, but there was very little movement, so we moved on ourselves. Our next aim was an ambitious one: to look around Tarifa town for the Common Bulbul, the only ones in the whole of Europe. We wandered along the edge of the car park and down to the seafront, but without luck with our target bird. We did however see Little Owl, Willow Warbler and Ruddy Turnstone for our efforts. We headed back and dropped some of the party at the hotel, while the rest of us continued for the last birding of the day at Barbate marshes. On arrival we were greeted by flock of 20 Northern Bald Ibis, so that in itself made the visit well worth it! We also observed some more Audouin s Gulls and a Black-winged Stilt, our first of the trip. Otherwise, it was high tide and most birds had moved to more inaccessible spots around the marshes, so in just under an hour we had returned to our hotel, very satisfied with the day s observations. Friday 18 th September Our first destination of the morning was La Janda, which was once a huge marshland and lake and which now had largely been drained and left with a network of channels, ditches and ricefields. The morning mist gradually cleared to reveal a bird-rich landscape. Red-legged Partridge and Common Pheasant pecked in the fields adjacent to the dusty track we were driving, flocks of Spanish and House Sparrows cavorted in the bushes, European Serins and European Goldfinches balanced delicately on thistle heads. On the ricefields and open cultivated areas we saw more than 1,000 Cattle Egrets, more than 100 White Storks and around 700 Glossy Ibises. A Black-winged Kite perched on the dead branches of a tree did not take flight as we watched it through our telescopes, so it was a good candidate for one of the special birds of the day. Other raptors came in the forms of several Western Marsh Harriers, a couple of ringtail Montagu s Harriers and brief and rather distant views of a juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle. Before leaving La Janda we had also seen Green Sandpiper, European Turtle Dove, Common Kingfisher, a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron and a Eurasian Hoopoe. We rather raced off to Tarifa to get some provisions in a ten-minute supermarket raid, before boarding the vessel that would take us out into the Straits of Gibraltar to hopefully see some cetaceans. The boat was busy with tourists, but we managed to get a spot near the prow and as we departed from the harbour we had good views of Scopoli s Shearwaters, and then a single Northern Gannet. A fleeting Great Skua called by James was the only other seabird of note, which I almost missed because I was admiring veteran sailor John s salty air and enjoying some of his travel tales. After about an hour we located a pod of 20 or more Long-finned Pilot Whales and watched them for many minutes as they surfaced and dived, swam alongside and under the vessel, some of the whales obviously with young calves. We enjoyed the wonderful views of these sea mammals, then let them be and headed back to Tarifa harbour, spotting a Sunfish or two before the trip was over. At one stage the boat rolled Brian off his feet, no harm done, but I think he was happy to get his land legs back again. We had already had a nibble on the boat and this was followed by a coffee at Tarifa, and then it was on to Bolonia to finish the food while surveying the magnificent views over the straits and the nearby hillsides. In between fighting off some pesky wasps we also got round to spotting a few birds. Alpine and Pallid Swifts and Red-rumped Swallow all appeared, and some of the party saw a Blue Rock Thrush. We also had Griffon Vultures at very close range, and a soaring Eurasian Sparrowhawk. A return visit to La Janda was a great success. Although the distant Black Stork we saw was ok, that wasn t the reason, but rather the Red-necked Nightjar which we had failed to locate in the morning. We had superb views of this bird, which appeared to have eyes in the back of its head, as well as seeing a small party of Lesser Kestrels in addition to most of the species we had seen in the morning. Now that seemed a very fitting way to end another full day. Saturday 19 th September The day started out very windy, and would continue so all day, posing quite a challenge to anyone hoping to see a few birds us and putting our adaptability and improvisation skills fully to the test. Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 2

4 Barbate marshes provided a racing start to the morning s birding. Audouin s Gulls, Eurasian Spoonbills, Greater Flamingos, six Stone Curlews, two Tawny Pipits, a Whinchat, a Caspian Tern, a European Honey Buzzard, Little Terns, Kentish and Grey Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, superb. If things continued like this there would be no worries. We drove to pay another visit to La Cazalla, in the hope that the strong easterly winds would be blowing lots of raptors in our direction. En-route we crossed paths with a party of Black Kites trying to make headway along the beach, and at the watch point itself there was a small number of Booted Eagles seemingly making no progress at all, and a few Short-toed Eagles. A flock of no fewer than 34 Black Storks was the highlight of this particular visit, all trying to follow an eastward course but ending up sinking below the near horizons into the valleys. So to summarize we didn t enjoy the sizeable raptor passage we had been hoping for but our visit had certainly been worth the effort. We bought our sandwiches again to take them to a picnic spot, and hopefully a sheltered place at La Janda, where we would hopefully munch and bird at the same time. Things worked out a little differently than we d hoped, mainly because there weren t many sheltered spots at La Janda. Nevertheless, we munched and did our best to bird, seeing more Black Storks and White Storks, an Egyptian Vulture, and getting repeat viewings of some of the species we had seen here before. However, if I needed an exact record I knew I could rely on Mary, who was taking detailed notes of all that we saw. A quick look around the nearby golf course drew a duck, not an ibis, no eagle or not even any birdies. Then we called in on the upper reaches of Barbate marshes, although it was dry. Here we obtained close views of a confiding Pied Flycatcher and several Red-rumped Swallows before moving on. We called in briefly at Barbate marshes again, but there was nothing to add to the morning s observations. For the last part of the day we tried something new by going to the lighthouse at Atlanterra. A few European Honey Buzzards, Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Booted Eagles and a flock of Black Storks were all battling against the headwind. Alpine Swifts and several Pallid Swifts seemed less affected. There were quite a few martins and swallows around, and prolonged scrutiny of their comings and goings revealed a Eurasian Crag Martin or two. After that the only reasonable thing to do seemed to be to go to a café for an ice-cream or cold drink, and from there back to our hotel. Sunday 20 th September While in the process of departing from our first base, convincing Linda that she could not take a puppy with her, we saw a Little Owl within a stone s throw of the hotel. On the road I came a bit unstuck around Cádiz but luckily my old map and James s navigational skills steered us back on to the right track and we reached our first port of call without further ado. At this seafront town we had hardly left the minibus when the name of our target bird was called: Little Swift! And not just one, but at least 25. They put on a good show for us, flying around the seafront buildings, overhead, with some of the birds emitting their discreet but identifiable calls. From here it was a short drive to another site where a couple of small unattractive pools would reveal themselves to be one of the greatest local birding treasures of the time. The action started with a couple of Common Waxbills flitting about in the reeds, and then we spotted about 15 Marbled Duck, several Whiteheaded Duck including an actively diving male, a Purple Swamphen, a couple of Red-crested Pochard, a Temminck s Stint, a Little Ringed Plover, Black-winged Stilts, Little Grebes and a Squacco Heron. Phew! Lunch was taken at Pablo s tapas, according to the tradition in recent years, and then we moved on to Bonanza saltpans. This is normally the tour de force of the day s birding but today it was strangely quiet, and we had to look much harder for the birds which are usually quite evident just on arrival. It was hot there too, so that might have had some influence! Nevertheless, we eventually managed to get good or very good views of Slender-billed Gull, Whimbrel, Osprey, Black Tern, Common Sandpiper, Kentish Plover, lots of Pied Avocets and other waders, and hundreds of Greater Flamingos. Algaida pinewood and the Tarelo lagoon were next on our busy agenda, and here we added Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit and Northern Shoveler to the trip list, as well as three more White-headed Duck to the day s count. Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 3

5 A drive along the bumpy, pot-holed road between river and dry flood marshes brought us close to a Greylag Goose and a few more wetland birds. We also spotted a perched kestrel and, looking closely, we all agreed that it was a Lesser Kestrel the slim silhouette and the tail/wing lengths clinching it for us. Now that s a keen and attentive tour group! We reached our comfortable hotel on the edge of the Doñana National Park in good time for a relaxing drink or perhaps some gentle birding in the large and attractive grounds. Monday 21 st September Today would be dedicated to exploring different sides of Doñana National Park, searching for patches of water and birds at the end of a particularly hot and parched summer. Our early route took us past the Dehesa de Abajo, which was completely dry, but there was in general still a fair bit of birdlife to be seen: Black Stork, Azure-winged Magpie, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Whitethroat and European Reed Warbler wasn t a bad start! We were all a little surprised to see a large number of White Storks on nests, and then challenged about which birds were really wild on a nearby pool used by a bird recovery centre. We decided that Red-knobbed Coot, Glossy Ibis and Eurasian Spoonbill seemed genuine enough, although only a true local could be sure. From here we backtracked a little and then followed the indications to the visitor centre, fully aware that the marshes were likely to be dry. That did not deter us, and it was just as well, as on the way we saw some interesting birds such as Little Owl and Lesser Kestrel. Coffees, postcards and snacks were purchased at the visitor centre, and then James alerted me to a couple of raptors flying over the marshes. Closer inspection showed them to be a pair of adult Spanish Imperial Eagles, so that was a good call James! We watched as these great birds circled, came tantalizingly closer to us before changing course and flying out of sight. Satisfied, we left the centre by a different route, spotting some interesting birds here and there: Greater Flamingo, six Tawny Pipits, a small flock of Yellow Wagtails, a Northern Wheatear, and a Common Raven. Then it was time for our picnic lunch. After being evicted from an ideal looking private site we had our lunch in the shade of Umbrella Pines alongside a very quiet road. Mary sat on her stool and the rest of us on a soft bed of a sandy bank lined with pine needles. A subsequent stroll around the area revealed a surprising array of birds: Woodlarks were singing, there was a sizeable flock of Azure-winged Magpies coming down to drink and bathe, Eurasian Hoopoe, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Dartford Warbler and even a couple of Garden Warblers. A visit to Doñana doesn t seem to be complete without at least setting eyes on El Rocio, so we drove around the sandy streets of this town, surprised at the number and new look of many of the dwellings. From here we took short walks around la Rocina and the grounds of the Acebrón palace, adding observations of Iberian Grey Shrike and Thekla Lark to the day s already respectable list. Tuesday 22 nd September As a group we decided on an unscheduled visit to the Sierra de Aracena to the north, rather than try to eke out a few more wetland species around the Odiel marshes. A flock of Azure-winged Magpies flew over the road as we left the dual carriageway and, on reaching the sierra, our first roadside stop boded well: a single Eurasian Black Vulture was soaring over the hills, joined by two Booted Eagles and then someone (ahem!) rather recklessly shouted out Bonelli s Eagle!. Unfortunately on closer inspection the bird in question had somehow turned into a Short-toed Eagle. Never mind We turned off the main road and a short walk gave us a good representative sample of the birds of the sierra s Cork Oak woodland: Firecrest, Euroepan Robin, Short-toed Treecreeper, Eurasian Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker were seemingly all common birds in these parts. Another short walk around a chestnut grove nearby was pleasant, although we saw few birds. From here we drove to a hilltop hermitage with superb views over the southern part of the sierra, and spent some time separating out the Eurasian Crag Martins from Barn Swallows and Common House Martins. Our picnic lunch Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 4

6 was taken at a green and pleasant spot with a very pleasant temperature, far enough from the hot 34ºC predicted for Sevilla that day. We passed Aracena and then followed in the direction of the local reservoir. An attractive semi-open area caught our fancy, and the mixture of Holm Oaks, pastures and a shady stream was just begging to be explored. Which is precisely what we did, and with surprising results: among others we saw Grey Wagtails, Winter Wren, European Serins, about five Hawfinches, a Crested Tit, Cirl Buntings, Eurasian Jays, Willow Warblers, and a Common Chiffchaff or two. Most of these birds were coming to different parts of the stream to drink and bathe, so to our delight our little walk never had a dull moment. A quick look at the reservoir revealed it to be a rather typical almost birdless reservoir, with Great Crested Grebes and Great Cormorants, and a small flock of Common Linnets on the approach. Then we followed a long bumpy track and proved that even Michelin maps get it wrong sometimes, as how on earth did we end up at Cala? Never mind, once we knew where we were the route back to hotel was easy to follow, and apparently easier than the subsequent search of the hotel grounds for Tree Sparrows conducted by some of the group! Wednesday 23 rd September The group had a morning flight from Sevilla airport so we left with plenty of time to compensate for the possible effects of the local rush hour. Nevertheless, the trip took us the usual hour, so we arrived at the airport with time to spare. Time enough for guide and Ornitholidays group to say our fond farewells and to hope that we may meet again. Acknowledgements A big thanks to all the tour participants for their interest and enthusiasm and for helping to make this tour an enjoyable one to lead. The hotel and restaurant arrangements required a certain degree of flexibility and comprehension on their part, and this was always forthcoming. I would perhaps prefer that the tour participants had not been quite so actively pre-punctual, as for the leader to constantly be the last to arrive on the scene is a little disconcerting at times! The restaurant and staff or owners at both hotels were friendly, helpful and accommodating, and we can t think of anything more that could be asked of them than that. Steve West Ornitholidays 29 Straight Mile Romsey Hampshire SO51 9BB October 2015 Weather Maximum daytime temperatures were within the warm to quite hot range, between 27ºC and 34ºC. The early afternoon at Bonanza saltpans, with no breeze and salt air was particularly memorable as the hottest moment, but for the rest temperatures were comfortable, especially when it was possible to seek out shade in the early afternoon. We had one day of strong easterly winds which hindered best birding to some degree, but for the most part there was calm or a pleasant breeze. Sunny blue skies or a small degree of cloud cover were the norm. Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 5

7 CHECKLIST OF BIRDS SEEN DURING TOUR No of days recorded Abundance Scale (max for any one day) 1 2h means seen on 1 1 = 1-4 day and heard on 2 2 = 5-9 other days 3 = = > 100 SPECIES No of days recorded Abundance Scale SCIENTIFIC NAME The sequence and nomenclature of this list follow Collins Bird Guide 2 nd Edition Greylag Goose 1 1 Anser anser Mallard 2 2 Anas platyrhynchos Northern Shoveler 1 3 Anas clypeata Marbled Duck 1 3 Marmaronetta angustirostris Red-crested Pochard 1 2 Netta rufina White-headed Duck 1 2 Oxyura leucocephala Red-legged Partridge 1 1h 2 Alectoris rufa Common Pheasant 1 2 Phasianus colchicus Little Grebe 3 2 Tachybaptus ruficollis Great Crested Grebe 2 1 Podiceps cristatus Cory's (Scopoli's) Shearwater 2 3 Calonectris diomedea diomedea Yelkouan Shearwater 1 1 Puffinus yelkouan Northern Gannet 2 1 Morus bassanus Great Cormorant 4 2 Phalacrocorax carbo Black-crowned Night Heron 2 1 Nycticorax nycticorax Cattle Egret 6 4 Bubulcus ibis Little Egret 5 3 Egretta garzetta Squacco Heron 1 1 Ardeola ralloides Great Egret 1 2 Ardea alba Grey Heron 6 3 Ardea cinerea White Stork 5 4 Ciconia ciconia Black Stork 4 3 Ciconia nigra Glossy Ibis 3 4 Plegadis falcinellus Northern Bald Ibis 1 3 Geronticus eremita Eurasian Spoonbill 3 3 Platalea leucorodia Greater Flamingo 4 4 Phoenicopterus roseus Eurasian Griffon Vulture 6 3 Gyps fulvus Egyptian Vulture 2 1 Neophron percnopterus Eurasian Black Vulture 1 1 Aegypius monachus Osprey 2 1 Pandion haliaetus Spanish Imperial Eagle 2 1 Aquila adalberti Short-toed Eagle 6 3 Circaetus gallicus Booted Eagle 7 3 Hieraaetus pennatus Red Kite 1 1 Milvus milvus Black Kite 4 3 Milvus migrans Western Marsh Harrier 4 2 Circus aeruginosus Montagu s Harrier 2 1 Circus pygargus Common Buzzard 6 2 Buteo buteo European Honey Buzzard 1 1 Pernis apivorus Eurasian Sparrowhawk 5 1 Accipiter nisus Northern Goshawk 1 1 Accipiter gentilis Black-winged Kite 1 1 Elanus caeruleus Common Kestrel 6 2 Falco tinnunculus Lesser Kestrel 3 3 Falco naumanni Common Moorhen 2 1 Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Coot 2 3 Fulica atra Red-knobbed Coot 1 1 Fulica cristata Purple Swamphen 1 1 Porphyrio porphyrio Pied Avocet 1 3 Recurvirostra avosetta Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 6

8 Black-winged Stilt 6 2 Himantopus himantopus Stone Curlew 1 2 Burhinus oedicnemus Little Ringed Plover 2 1 Charadrius dubius Common Ringed Plover 3 3 Charadrius hiaticula Kentish Plover 3 3 Charadrius alexandrinus Grey Plover 2 1 Pluvialis squatarola Ruddy Turnstone 2 2 Arenaria interpres Sanderling 2 2 Calidris alba Dunlin 3 3 Calidris alpina Temminck s Stint 1 1 Calidris temmincki Common Sandpiper 3 2 Actitis hypoleucos Green Sandpiper 3 1 Tringa ochropus Common Redshank 3 2 Tringa totanus Common Greenshank 3 2 Tringa nebularia Black-tailed Godwit 1 1 Limosa limosa Bar-tailed Godwit 1 2 Limosa lapponica Whimbrel 1 1 Numenius phaeopus Common Snipe 1 1 Gallinago gallinago Great Skua 1 1 Stercorarius skua Black-headed Gull 4 2 Chroicocephalus ridibundus Slender-billed Gull 1 2 Chroicocephalus genei Yellow-legged Gull 6 3 Larus michahellis Lesser Black-backed Gull 4 3 Larus fuscus Little Tern 2 1 Sterna albifrons Sandwich Tern 2 1 Sterna sandvicensis Caspian Tern 1 1 Hydroprogne caspia Black Tern 1 2 Chlidonias niger Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove) 7 3 Columba livia Common Wood Pigeon 3 3 Columba palumbus Eurasian Collared Dove 7 3 Streptopelia decaocto European Turtle Dove 1 1 Streptopelia turtur Tawny Owl - 1h 1 Strix aluco Little Owl 3 1 Athene noctua Red-necked Nightjar 1 1 Caprimulgus ruficollis Pallid Swift 4 2 Apus pallidus Alpine Swift 3 3 Apus melba Little Swift 1 3 Apus affinus Eurasian Hoopoe 3 1 Upupa epops Common Kingfisher 3 1 Alcedo atthis Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 1 Dendrocopos major Crested Lark 6 3 Galerida cristata Thekla Lark 1 1 Galerida theklae Woodlark 1 1h 1 Lullula arborea Greater Short-toed Lark 1 2 Calandrella brachydactyla Calandra Lark 1 3 Melanocorypha calandra Common Sand Martin 4 2 Riparia riparia Eurasian Crag Martin 2 2 Ptyonoprogne rupestris Barn Swallow 7 4 Hirundo rustica Red-rumped Swallow 5 3 Hirundo daurica Common House Martin 4 2 Delichon urbica Tawny Pipit 2 2 Anthus campestris Meadow Pipit 1 1 Anthus pratensis Yellow Wagtail 2 2h 2 Motacilla flava Grey Wagtail 1 1 Motacilla cinerea European Robin 2 2 Erithacus rubecula Common Redstart 1 1 Phoenicurus phoenicurus Northern Wheatear 3 1 Oenanthe oenanthe Common Stonechat 7 2 Saxicola rubicola Whinchat 1 1 Saxicola rubetra Blue Rock Thrush 1 1 Monticola solitarius Common Blackbird 4 2 Turdus merula Garden Warbler 1 1 Sylvia borin Blackcap 2 2 Sylvia atricapilla Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 7

9 Common Whitethroat 1 1 Sylvia communis Sardinian Warbler 7 2 Sylvia melanocephala Dartford Warbler - 1h 1 Sylvia undata Cetti's Warbler 2 4h 3 Cettia cetti European Reed Warbler - 1h 1 Acrocephalus scirpaceus Zitting Cisticola 5 2 Cisticola juncidis Willow Warbler 2 1 Phylloscopus trochilus Western Bonelli's Warbler 1 1 Phylloscopus bonelli Common Chiffchaff 3 1 Phylloscopus collybita Firecrest 2 1 Regulus ignicapillus Winter Wren 1 1 Troglodytes troglodytes Spotted Flycatcher 4 2 Muscicapa striata Pied Flycatcher 5 3 Ficedula hypoleuca Great Tit 4 2 Parus major European Blue Tit 4 1h 1 Cyanistes caeruleus Crested Tit 2 1h 1 Lophophanes cristatus Long-tailed Tit 2 2 Aegithalos caudatus Eurasian Nuthatch 1 2 Sitta europaea Short-toed Treecreeper 2 1h 2 Certhia brachydactyla Iberian Grey Shrike 2 1 Lanius meridionalis Azure-winged Magpie 2 3 Cyanopica cyana Common Magpie 2 2 Pica pica Eurasian Jay 1 2 Garrulus glandarius Western Jackdaw 4 4 Corvus monedula Carrion Crow 1 2 Corvus corone Common Raven 4 2 Corvus corax Common Starling 6 3 Sturnus vulgaris Spotless Starling 3 2 Sturnus unicolor House Sparrow 7 3 Passer domesticus Spanish Sparrow 1 3 Passer hispaniolensis Common Chaffinch 4 2 Fringilla coelebs Common Linnet 1 2 Carduelis cannabina Common Waxbill 2 1 Estrilda astrild European Goldfinch 6 3 Carduelis carduelis European Greenfinch 1 2 Carduelis chloris European Serin 3 3 Serinus serinus Hawfinch 1 2 Coccothraustes coccothraustes Cirl Bunting 1 1 Emberiza cirlus Corn Bunting 3 2 Miliaria calandra MAMMALS Long-finned Pilot Whale 1 3 Globicephala melas Red Deer 2 2 Cervinus elaphus This list represents those birds and other animals seen by party members of this tour. Ornitholidays Ornitholidays Tour to Tarifa and Coto Donana September 2015 Page 8

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