FOREWOOD

Coto Doñana Species List

 

Birds marked * were recorded during the day excursion with John Butler, all 97 of them

Little Grebe* - Common everywhere there is water deep enough for them to fish in

Great Crested Grebe* - The only record for the trip was 2 birds present in a flooded area out towards the Jose Valverde visitor centre, and 2 or 3 there

Black Necked Grebe* - 3 birds present in a flooded area out towards the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Gannet - A single bird offshore from Matalascanas

Cormorant* - Present in the Corredor Verde, at the Jose Valverde visitor centre, and inland during the trip to the hills on the last day

Cattle Egret* - Fairly common, not always associated with water, nor this closely with cattle!

Little Egret* - Common everywhere there was water

Great White Egret* - Uncommon and rare, apparently, but this obliging bird seen out in the Northern Marshes

Grey Heron* - Common, but in low numbers

Black-Crowned Night Heron* - Seen at a remarkable roost of several tens of birds in the Corredor verde

Black Stork* - A single sighting while out with John Butler

White Stork* - Quite common, easy to find, and lovely to see

Glossy Ibis* - Uncommon, our sightings were all in the Northern Marshes or at the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Spoonbill* - Common and easy to see at El Rocio, where there was a flock of tens, and in the Northern Marshes

Greater Flamingo* - Common, easy to see, at close range at El Rocio, fabulous birds

Greylag Goose* - Present at the Cañada de Rianzuela when we were with John Butler

Wigeon* - Present at the Cañada de Rianzuela when we were with John Butler, and at the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Gadwall* - Present at the Cañada de Rianzuela when we were with John Butler, and at the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Teal* - Present in large numbers everywhere there was water

Mallard* - Present in large numbers everywhere there was water ,and often where there was none

Pintail* - Local, El Rocio was our best place to find them in numbers

Shoveler* - Present in large numbers everywhere there was water

Marbled Teal* - Present at the Cañada de Rianzuela when we were with John Butler

Red Crested Pochard* - Present at the Cañada de Rianzuela when we were with John Butler

Pochard* - Uncommon, but present at the Cañada de Rianzuela when we were with John Butler, and at the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Tufted Duck* - 4 or 5 birds present in the Corredor Verde

Black Winged Kite* - Present and well seen in the Corredor Verde. One seen from the promenade at El Rocio

Black Kite* - Seen in the Corredor Verde on the 24th, and later in the same day, in the Northern Marshes

Red Kite* - Common, thinly distributed, easy to see

Marsh Harrier* - Very common, present everywhere in substantial numbers - we saw 3 mobbing an Imperial Eagle

Hen Harrier - Uncommon, both sexes seen in the Corredor Verde and in the Northern Marshes

Sparrowhawk - A single sighting on the 26th when one dashed across the lagoon at El Rocio, causing enormous panic

Common Buzzard* - Common, easy to see, but less so than Marsh Harrier

Imperial Eagle* - Well seen at a distance in the Northern Marshes being given a dusting by three Marsh harriers, which it dwarfed, fabulous bird

Booted Eagle* - Seen in the Corredor verde (3 birds) and the Northern Marshes on the 24th

Kestrel* - Thinly distributed, not uncommon

Merlin* - A single bird seen sat on the ground in the Northern marshes and then flying away - uncommon

Peregrine* - A single sighting on the 24th well out in the Northern Marshes

Red Legged Partridge* - Apparently not uncommon, seen every day

Moorhen* - Common anywhere there was water

Purple Gallinule* - Easy to see at El Rocio, El Acebuche and at the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Coot* - Very common everywhere there was water

Red Knobbed Coot* - A single ringed individual found for us by John Butler near the Cañada de Rianzuela

Common Crane* - Fairly common out in the Northern Marshes

Black Winged Stilt* - Very common at El Rocio and the Jose Valverde visitor centre

Avocet* - Present in tens at El Rocio and in the Northern Marshes/ Jose Valverde visitor centre

Stone Curlew* - Three found for us by John Butler out in the Northern Marshes

Kentish Plover* - Present in small numbers in the Northern Marshes

Golden Plover* - A small flock found for us by John Butler out in the Northern Marshes

Lapwing*- Common and widespread

Dunlin* - Present in small numbers in the Northern Marshes

Snipe* - Seen at El Rocio and in the Northern Marshes, probably present in high numbers

Woodcock - A single sighting, a bird flushed from the boardwalk at the Palacio del Acebron

Black Tailed Godwit* - Present in large numbers everywhere there was water

Greenshank*- Present in low numbers out in the Northern Marshes

Green Sandpiper* - Thinly distributed but common everywhere

Common Sandpiper* - Present in low numbers in the Corredor Verde and at the reservoir near Aznalcollar

Black Headed Gull* - Present, but in lower numbers than I would have expected

Slender Billed Bull* - Well seen out in the Northern Marshes

Lesser Black Backed Gull* - Present in low numbers almost everywhere

Sandwich Tern - Two birds offshore at Matalascanas

Collared Dove* - Common and widespread

Little Owl - Seen near the Palacio del Acebron and probably not uncommon

Short Eared Owl* - Seen at close range on a fence beside a track in the Northern Marshes

Swift - 2 Common Swifts flew over us in the rain at the El Acebuche reserve

Hoopoe* - Not uncommon, seen almost everywhere

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Seen in the woods at the Palacio del Acebron

Lesser Short Toed Lark - Local, two seen by me out in the Northern Marshes, not good views

Crested Lark* - Common everywhere

Thekla Lark - Present in the Northern Marshes, and common and well seen at close range around Aznalcollar

Woodlark - 4 very well seen at the El Acebuche reserve

Skylark* - Uncommon, present on agricultural land

Sand Martin* - Present and feeding wherever there was water in low numbers

Swallow* - Present and feeding wherever there was water in low numbers

Red Rumped Swallow* - Seen in the Corredor Verde, and a close range at theEl Rocio lagoon

House Martin* - Present and feeding wherever there was water in substantial numbers, like this roost in El Rocio

Meadow Pipit* - Present in the dry parts of the Corredor Verde

Water Pipit* - Very common in the Northern Marshes and at El Rocio

Yellow Wagtail* - 3 or 4 early birds seen in the Corredor Verde

Grey Wagtail* - Just one sighting in the Corredor Verde

White Wagtail* - Common everywhere

Wren* - Common everywhere in scrub and low vergetation

Robin* - Thinly distributed in scrub and low vergetation

Bluethroat - Two sightings beside the promenade at El Rocio

Black Redstart* - Very common everywhere

Stonechat* - Very common everywhere

Blackbird* - Not at all common, seen at El Rocio and in cultivated areas

Mistle Thrush* - Uncommon, seen in the Corredor verde

Cetti’s Warbler* - Fairly common everywhere there was damp scrub

Fan Tailed Warbler* - We saw several out in the Northern Marshes

Dartford Warbler - Difficult to find, they were quite common in the heathland near the Palacio del Acebron

Sardinian Warbler* - Difficult to find, they were quite common in the heathland near the Palacio del Acebron, and elsewhere

Blackcap - Present at the Palacio del Acebron

Firecrest - Present at the palacio del Acebron

Long Tailed Tit* - Present at the palacio del Acebron

Blue Tit* - Thinly distributed wherever there were trees

Great Tit* - Thinly distributed wherever there were trees

Nuthatch - Present at the palacio del Acebron

Short Toed Treecreeper* - Present in Stone Pine woods

Southern Grey Shrike* - Widely though thinly distributed, easy to see if present

Azure-Winged Magpie* - Lovely lovely birds, wherever there were Stone Pines, tens at El Acebuche

Magpie* - Thinly and widely distributed

Jackdaw* - Thinly and widely distributed

Raven* - Seen in the Corredor Verde

Starling* - Thinly and widely distributed

Spotless Starling* - Thinly and widely distributed, more so than Common Starling

House Sparrow* - Very common everywhere, I'm glad to report

Chaffinch* - Common and widespread

Serin* - Not at all uncommon, easily seen around woods and scrub

Greenfinch* - Common but thinly distributed

Linnet* - Common but thinly distributed

Corn Bunting* - Common everywhere

Birds marked * were recorded during the day excursion with John Butler, all 97 of them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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