10 May, embalse de Negratín
We stopped just past the village. With the sun behind us we scanned around. On top of the dead branches of a tree sat a beautiful Woodchat Shrike. This tree was a great attraction for us and the birds. We saw the following birds here: Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Serin, Spotted Flycatcher and our “bird of the day”, a Wryneck. In and around the fields were Barn Swallow, Turtle and Collared Doves, House Sparrows and Spotless Starlings. We could hear Nightingale and Golden Oriole calling. Later, further on route, I saw a pair of Golden Orioles. Brian and I took it in turns to drive the car further down the road to a shady spot whilst we took it in turns to walk with Anne and Trevor from Bacor Olivar to the embalse.
By this time we were all parched and returned to the hotel for a well earned drink and bacon bocadillos for Brian, Trevor and Anne.
The final report is from 19 May of another commissioned trip with Alan and Marian.
We then drove through the campsite and headed to the Rambla de Morales, parking up at the dried crossover. Numerous Reed Warblers could be heard, but not seen. Had good views of more Zitting Cisticolas calling above us. We added Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe. We saw one male White-headed Duck and the black-headed one seen last year. Our final bird was a Bee-eater.
41 species for the day. Alan and Marian were both pleased. Hope to see them again on their next visit.