22 March 2013

Oualidia area: 22 March

Awoke to the calls of Spotless Starlings outside our hotel window in Oualidi and managed to capture a few reasonable images, before taking a quick look at the pools nearby that produced more migrants including several Yellow Wagtails (including a male flavissima), 1 Water Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, and close views of 2+ Brown-throated Martins resting in the reeds during heavy rain.

Spent the rest of the day searching the nearby fields for the very rare Andalusian Buttonquail. We heard at least one buttonquail calling at very close range in a field of crops. There was no way we were going to be crashing through crops just to see these birds but we were pleased just to hear their amazing call. For more on the Andalusian Buttonquail click here.

Birds seen here include 3 Common Quail (all in flight), 1 Laughing Dove, 1m Spanish Sparrow, 5 Sardinian Warbler (including a juvenile being fed by a male), 3 Little Owl, many Corn Bunting, 8+ Linnet and 2 Hoopoe, and migrants noted include 3+ Turtle Dove, 1 Stone-Curlew, 1 Nightingale, 3 Blackcap, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 2+ Red-rumped Swallow and many Barn Swallow.

The salt pans and wetlands along the road produced 18 Glossy Ibis, 1 Whiskered Tern, 1 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, many Avocet, 1 Woodchat Shrike and a unusually obliging Crested Lark.

Spotless Starling, Oualidi

Brown-throated Martin, Oualidia

Crested Lark

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