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Southern Spain

21st - 28th SEPTEMBER 2002

A list of birds and butterflies recorded by A. COCKROFT, A. ZABUKAS, P. GRRRBA and N. CARTER
This report was compiled by: A. Cockroft.

We flew from Manchester to Malaga, Price £1459 return each (+ insurance) our car hire was £125 between the four of us and our accommodation was £65 each. We stayed at El Bujeo betwen Algerciras and Tarifa. The self-cateing apartment was very well situated for raptor migration and other good birding sites in the area. El Bujeo consists of a hotel/restaurant and a petrol station. The restaurant served very good food and was quite reasonably priced, the cointreau was served by the half pint which Nick took a great liking to. The weather was good all the time and the temperature was about 80 degrees. Tarifa is a fantastic town full of shops and restaurants with a beautiful beach, which is great for birds and butterflies.

Itinerary for the week.

SUNDAY 22 SEPT

Tarifa Beach, Algarrobbo Watch Point, Bolonia and La Janda.

MONDAY 23

Tarifa Beach, Algarrobbo Watch Point, Ojen Valley, West Tarifa Beach Lagoon and La Janda. (night drive)

TUESDAY 24

La Janda, Laguna de Medina, Marismas de Sancti Petri (salt pans) and Bolonia.

WEDNESDAY 25

Tarifa Beach, Algarrobbo Watch Point, Huerta Grande, Puncta Secreta and Alcornocales National Park.

THURSDAY 26

South Bank ofRIVER guadalquivir and Bonanza Pines.

FRIDAY 27

Cabrito Watch Point, Algarrobbo Watch Point, Bolonia, Tarifa Beach and Huerta Grande.

SATURDAY 28

Ronda Area (Los Quijigales).


SITES VISITED

Tarifa Beach
We visitedthis site most days and the birding was good at all times of the day. The gull roost contained Yellow-legged, Audouin's, Black-headed and Lesser Black Backed. One first winter Common Gull was a good find for this site (P. GRRRBA).
Waders were also present in very good numbers with 10+ species each visit. Sea watching from the beach produced excellent views of Cory's and Mediterranean Shearwater. We also recorded Montagu's Harrier, Bluethroat, Tawny Pipit, Spanish Wagtails and Pallid Swifts. Two Long-tailed Blue butterflies also.

Algarrabo/Cabrito Watch Points
Two of the main Migres watch points, they are used every day by the counters and are great migrant watch points and good places to find out about local bird news. We saw Black Storks, Alpine Swifts and 15 species of raptor including two Long-legged Buzzards.
Algarrabo is good on westerly winds and Cabrito on easterlies. It is important to get yout wind direction right. Very good for Swallowtail and Clouded Yellow butterflies.

Huerta Grande
Huerta Grande is the information centre for the Alcornocales National Park. It is a good place to visit in the heat of the day, it has a small cafe and an excellent small wooded walk. The walk is good for close views of Hawfinch, Firecrest, Nuthatch, Crested Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Short-toed Treecreeper. We also saw Lang's Short-tailed Blue, Speckled Wood (med-form), Gatekeeper and Brown Argus.

Bolonia
We visited this site for Little and White-rumped Swifts. We managed reasonable views of Little but dipped on White-rumped. We also found a Marsh Warblerin the beach scrub here which, is a local rarity.

La Janda
This is a vast site and our target species Little Bustard and Red-necked Nightjar could not be found and we tried very hard. Nevertheless we had one of the birds of the trip in Black-shouldered Kite (Andy) and many trip ticks including Woodlark, Southern Grey Shrike, Bluethroat, Osprey, Red Kite, Tree Sparrow and Raven. We also recorded Mediterranean Skipper.

Laguna de Medina
This was a great site for waterbirds including White-headed Duck, Red Crested Pochard, Black-necked Grebe, Avocet, Greater Flamingo, Pintail and our only Purple Gallinule of the trip. We also recorded Whiskered Tern and many Pied Flys.
Butterflies included Bath White and Peacock.

Marismas de Sancti Petri (salt pans)
Great White Egret, Caspian Tern and Grey Plover were additions to the list at this site.

Alcornocales National Park
Bonelli's Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Goshawk, Marsh Harrier and the only Bee-eaters of the trip

East Bank of the Rio Guadalquivir and Bonanza Pines
Bonanxa Pines was mosquito paradise and took blood from all of us, even the Cointreau Kid. Neverthelesswe had good views of Azure-winged Magpie and Bonelli's Warbler. About half a mile from here we had the bird of the trip, an adult Spanish Imperial Eagle (Nick), it gave fantastic close views before disappearing. Other memorable birds on this trip were 4000 White Storks in one flock, Squacco Heron and a flock of 200 Little Grebes.

Ronda Area (Los Quijigales)
We could not find Rock Sparrow at Los Quijigales, a new tarmac road and heavy mining in the area might have been the cause? All other expected species were seen in good numbers; Rock Thrush, Black Redstart, Woodlark, Black Wheatear, Southern Grey Shrike and Rock Bunting. We saw Safflower Skipper and Tree Greyling here.
Ronda Gorge had Red-billed Chough, Blue Rock Thrush and White Wagtail.

Ojen Valley
We struggled through the Ojen Valley on a very hoy day. Serin, Redstart, Crested Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper and a selection of commoner raptors.

OTHER NOTES
This was my second visit to the area having been in April 1999. Spring and Autumn migration is spectacular over the straits and I recommend both trips. All the sites are mentioned in Garcia and Paterson WHERE TO WATCH BIRDS IN SOUTHERN AND WESTERN SPAIN. This is an excellent guide to the area. There is also a good Internet Cafe in Tarifa, which can easily be found on the main plaza. We took a night drive around La Janda looking for Nightjar, although we did not see any, other people did. We did however see at least 3 dead Red-necked Nightjars killed on the roads, so please drive carefully.

BIRDS RECORDED

LITTLE GREBE
BLACK-NECKED GREBE
GREAT CRESTED GREBE
CORY'S SHEARWATER
MED SHEARWATER
GANNET
CORMORANT
CATTLE EGRET
SQUACCO HERON
LITTLE EGRET
GREAT WHITE EGRET
GREY HERON
PURPLE HERON
WHITE STORK
BLACK STORK
SPOONBILL
GREATER FLAMINGO
GREYLAG GOOSE
MALLARD
GADWALL
PINTAIL
SHOVELER
WIDGEON
TEAL
WHITE-HEADED DUCK
RED-CRESTED POCHARD
POCHARD
FRIFFON VULTURE
EGYPTIAN VULTURE
OSPREY
SPANISH IMPERIAL EAGLE
SHORT-TOED EAGLE
BOOTED EAGLE
BONELLI'S EAGLE
RED KITE
BLACK KITE
BLACK-WINGED KITE
MONTAGUS HARRIER
MARSH HARRIER
LONG-LEGGED BUZZARD
COMMON BUZZAED
HONEY BUZZARD
SPARROWHAWK
GOSHAWK
COMMON KESTREL
LESSER KESTREL
HOBBY
RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE
PHEASANT
MOORHEN
COOT
PURPLE GALLINULE
BLACK-WINGED STILT
AVOCET
COLLARED PRATINCOLE
OYSTERCATCHER
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
RINGED PLOVER
KENTISH PLOVER
GREY PLOVER
RED KNOT
SANDERLING
TURNSTONE
DUNLIN
CURLEW SANDPIPER
LITTLE STINT
GREEN SANDPIPER
COMMON SANDPIPER
REDSHANK
SPOTTED REDSHANK
GREENSHANK
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT
BAR-TAILED GODWIT
WHIMBREL
SNIPE
COMMOM GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
AUDOUIN'S GULL
YELLOW-LEGGED GULL
LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL
LITTLE TERN
SANDWICH TERN
CASPIAN TERN
BLACK TERN
WHISKERED TERN
WOOD PIGEON
STOCK DOVE
COLLARED DOVE
TURTLE DOVE
TAWNY OWL
RED-NECKED NIGHT JAR
ALPINE SWIFT
PALLID SWIFT
SWIFT
LITTLE SWIFT
BEE-EATER
HOOPOE
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
WOODLARK
CRESTED LARK
THEKLA LARK
CRAG MARTIN
SAND MARTIN
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW
SWALLOW
HOUSE MARTIN
TAWNY PIPIT
WHITE WAGTAIL
SPANISH WAGTAIL
GREY WAGTAIL
WREN
ROBIN
BLUETHROAT
REDSTART
BLACK REDSTART
WHEATEAR
BLACK WHEATEAR
WHINCHAT
STONECHAT
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
ROCK THRUSH
MISTLE THRUSH
BLACKBIRD
BLACKCAP
SARDINIAN WARBLER
WHITETHROAT
DARTFORD WARBLER
FAN-TAILED WARBLER
CETTI'S WARBLER
REED WARBLER
MARSH WARBLER
MELODIOUS WARBLER
WILLOW WARBLER
BONELLI'S WARBLER
CHIFFCHAFF
FIRECREST
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
PIED FLYCATCHER
BLUE TIT
GREAT TIT
CRESTED TIT
NUTHATCH
SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER
WOODCHAT SHRIKE
SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE
AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE
MAGPIE
JAY
JACKDAW
CHOUGH (RED-BILLED)
RAVEN
SPOTLESS STARLING
HOUSE SPARROW
TREE SPARROW
CHAFFINCH
SERIN
GOLDFINCH
LINNET
HAWFINCH
CORN BUNTING
ROCK BUNTING
WHERE EACH SPECIES WAS SEEN

LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA
LAGUNA DE MEDINA
TARIFA BEACH
TARIFA BEACH
TARIFA BEACH
CADIZ HARBOUR
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
RIO GUADALQUIVIR
SEEN MOST DAYS IN SMALL NUMBERS
1 ONLY AT SNACTI PETRI SALT PANS
SEEN MOST DAYS IN SMALL NUMBERS
LA JANDA
THE EAST BANK IS A MAIN WINTERING SITE 4000+
ALGARROBO, CAZALLA, ALCORNOCALES NAT PARK
LA JANDA, EAST BANK
TARIFA BEACH, LAGUNA DE MEDINA
EAST BANK
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
MIRADOR, CABRITO
MIRADOR, LA JANDA
BONANZA PINES, EAST BANK
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
ALCORNOCALES NAT PARK
LA JANDA
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
LA JANDA 1 ADULT
TARIFA BEACH 2, LA JANDA 1
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACG DAY
1/2 AT ALGARROBO
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
ALGARROBO, ALCORNOCALES NAT PARK
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
1 AT CABRITO
LA JANDA
LA JANDA
LA JANDA, EAST BANK, LAGUNA DE MEDINA
LA JANDA, EAST BANK, LAGUNA DE MEDINA
1 ONLY AT LAGUNA DE MEDINA
LAGUNA DE MEDINA, EAST BANK
LAGUNA DE MEDINA
EAST BANK
TARIFA BEACH
EAST BANK
GOOD NUMBERS NOTED MOST DAYS
GOOD NUMBERS NOTED MOST DAYS
20 AT SANCTI PETRI SALT PANS, 1 ON TARIFA BEACH
GOOD NUMBERS ON TARIFA BEACH
GOOD NUMBERS ON TARIFA BEACH
1 ON TARIFA BEACH
GOOD NUMBERS NOTED MOST DAYS
TARIFA BEACH
TARIFA BEACH
LA JANDA, EAST BANK
GOOD NUMBERS ON TARIFA BEACH
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
2 ON EAST BANK
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
LAGUNA DE MEDINA
TARIFA BEACH, EAST BANK
TARIFA BEACH
TARIFA BEACH
TARIFA BEACH
GOOD NUMBERS ON TARIFA BEACH
GOOD NUMBERS ON TARIFA BEACH
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
SMALL NUMBERS ON TARIFA BEACH
EAST BANK
TARIFA BEACH, SANCTI PETRI SALT PANS
SANCTI PETRI SALT PANS
TARIFA BEACH, EAST BANK, LAGUNA DE MEDINA, SANCTI PETRI
LAGUNA DE MEDINA
COMMON THROUGHOU THE AREA
TARIFA BEACH
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
1 ON EAST BANK
HEARD CALLING AT LA JANDA
3 ROAD VICTIMS AT LA JANDA, TARIFA TOWN AND ONE ON THE N-340
LARGE NUMBERS THROUGHOUT THE AREA
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
SMALL NUMBERS NOTED EACH DAY
1 AT BOLONIA
22 AT ALCORNOCALES NAT PARK
OJEN VALLEY, TARIFA BEACH, LA JANDA
HUERTA GRANDE
LA JANDA, LOS QUEJIGALES
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
LA JANDA
BOLONIA, OJEN VALLEY
SMALL NUMBERS RECORDED DAILY
SMALL NUMBERS RECORDED DAILY
SMALL NUMBERS RECORDED DAILY
SMALL NUMBERS RECORDED DAILY
TARIFA BEACH, LOS QUEJIGALES
RONDA GORGE
TARIFA BEACH, LA JANDA, EAST BANK
ALGARROBO, HUERTA GRANDE
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
1 ON TARIFA BEACH (WHITE SPOTTED), 1 AT LA JANDA
OJEN VALLEY, BONANZA PINES
LOS QUEJIGALES
SMALL NUMBERS RECORDED ONLY
LOS QUEJIGALES
TARIFA BEACH, LOS QUEJIGALES
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
OJEN VALLEY, BOLONIA, RONDA AREA
LOS QUEJIGALES
TARIFA BEACH
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
LAGUNA DE MEDINA
LOS QUEJIGALES
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
LA JANDA, BOLONIA BEACH
BOLONIA BEACH
EL MIRADOR
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
BONANZA PINES
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
HUERTA GRANDE
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
HUERTA GRANDE, OJEN VALLEY
HUERTA GRANDE
HUERTA GRANDE, OJEN VALLEY
SMALL NUMBERS SEEN DAILY
SMALL NUMBERS SEEN DAILY
BONANZA PINES
BONANZA PINES
OJEN VALLEY
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
RONDA GORGE, LOS QUEJIGALES
LA JANDA, LOS QUEJIGALES
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
LA JANDA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
1 IN THE OJEN VALLEY
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
HUERTA GRANDE
COMMON THROUGHOUT THE AREA
LOS QUEJIGALES


BUTTERFLIES RECORDED

GATEKEEPER
MEADOW BROWN
LONG-TAILED BLUE
CLOUDED YELLOW
SWALLOWTAIL
WALL BROWN
SMALL COPPER
BRIMSTONE
PAINTED LADY
BATH WHITE
MED SKIPPER
RED ADMIRAL
BROWN ARGUS
SPECKLED WOOD
LARGE WHITE
LANG'S S.T. BLUE
SAFFLOWER SKIPPER
TREE GRAYLING
MONARCH (PUPA)
22nd


3
4
1
2
1












23rd


2
1

2
1
2
1











24th



1

1

1




2








25th









2




2
4
1
2



26th



1



1


1
2

2







27th






2














28th






2











5
1
1
TOTAL


2
5
4
4
7
5
1
2
1
2
2
2
2
4
1
2
5
1
1


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