June 2010 – Osuna

A record day with 79 species.

The group met at 10:00 at Venta Puenta Palos on the A451, the road between El Saucejo and Osuna, about 11km south of Osuna. It was a lovely sunny morning and the sunshine remained for the whole day.

The list for the day started at the Venta with Blue Tit, nesting in an Olive tree in the car park, Wood Pigeon, Red-rumped Swallow and Turtle Dove.

3t9p3808---eurasian-rollerAfter morning coffee we drove in convoy to Osuna and followed the road from Osuna to Marchena that follows the railway track.  From this road we ventured into farmland following farm tracks and visiting several ruined farmsteads.  In this very rural area we saw lots of Crested Lark, several Calandra Lark and Short-toed Lark, a Skylark, a Stone Curlew (recent road kill), about one hundred Lesser Kestrel in two large colonies, about twenty European Roller, a couple of Hoopoe, a Little Owl, several Montagu’s Harrier, several Common Raven, about fifty Black Kite (a lot of them on the ground in stubble fields), a Black-winged Kite, a Booted Eagle, a Short-toed Snake Eagle, a Common Buzzard, three Griffon Vulture gliding overhead, a Red-legged Partridge, several House Sparrow, several Spanish Sparrow, a couple of Collared Dove, several Turtle Dove, 3t9p4685---collared-pratincolea flock of about ten European Bee-eaters, a Woodchat Shrike, a Southern Grey Shrike, a Collared Pratincole feeding on insects, a Linnet, a Melodious Warbler, a Sardinian Warbler, lots of Swallow, a lesser number of Red-rumped Swallow, quite a few Common Swift, several Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, a Linnet, a Blackbird, a Serin, flocks of Spotless Starling, a couple of flocks of Rock Dove and we also saw a small flock of wild Peacocks, which we decided not to include in the list.

At around 13:30 we went for lunch in La Lantejuela, which lasted about two hours as Spanish lunches do.  This was followed by the AGM where all the officers of the society were elected without objection.

3t9p4796---whiskered-ternFollowing the AGM we went to the nearby “Reserva Natural Complejo Endorreico de la Lantejuela”, which consists of about six lagunas situated in farmland.  In this area we saw a few Corn Bunting, several Iberian Wagtail, a few immature Grey Wagtail, a Tawny Pipit, more Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow and Common Swift, more Crested Lark and Calandra Lark, a Stonechat, a couple of Western Marsh Harrier, a juvenile Egyptian Vulture circling overhead, more Black Kite, more Lesser Kestrel, a few more Common Raven, sixty to seventy Collared Pratincole, several Black-headed Gull, a small number of Mediterranean Gull, a few Lesser Black-backed Gull, about twenty to thirty Whiskered Terns, a similar number of Gull-billed Terns, and a couple of Black Tern, about thirty Greater Flamingo, a White-headed Duck, a few 3t9p4859---avocetCommon Pochard and Red Crested Pochard, several Mallard with ducklings, a few Gadwall with ducklings, a Moorhen, a couple of Purple Swamphen with young, a lot of Eurasian Coots with juveniles at various ages, a couple of Little and Cattle Egrets, a Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover, thirty to forty Kentish Plover, fifteen to twenty Black-winged Stilts, about twenty Avocet, a Great Crested Grebe, a couple of Little Grebe, a Lapwing, a small group of White Stork gliding overhead, a small number of Black-tailed Godwit, two Redshank, two Common Shelduck, and a Common Sandpiper.
Driving back through Osuna to Venta Puenta Palos with also saw a number of Pallid Swift and House Martins.  We had a well earned beer at the Venta before saying our goodbyes at about 19:00.

A big thank you to Frank, our field trip leader, for a well organised day.  Also a thank you to Peter Jones for the work he put into the AGM and for keeping the actual meeting time to about five minutes.

Birds seen on the day, 79 species (shown in systematic order).
Red-legged Partridge, Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Red Crested Pochard, Common Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Black-winged Kite, Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Moorhen, Eurasian Coots, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Common Raven, Blue Tit, Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin,  Red-rumped Swallow, Melodious Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotless Starling, Blackbird, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Iberian Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting,

David Hird

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