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« on: January 18, 2016, 03:17:33 pm »

Cabo de Gata - Saturday 12 March

Meet at 9.30outside the first hide as you approach the village.  It will be on a bend on your left with a large gravel ed area in front.

Very much the same as the past two years with, I suspect, most staying at the local hotel almost immediately opposite the meeting place.  I will try and attach a plan of the area as a separate posting.  All 10 reserved room a the Hotel Brisa Blanca have now been taken but i can try for some more if you contact me, preferably using the ABS email address.  A great opportunity to spend time with friends and socialise in the evening.

What to see?  Lots of Flamingos and waders, especially Godwits and look out for Curlew and Stone Curlew as you make your way from the roadside to the hides, especially the two nearest the village.  February is a good month for migrating Dotterel and this year they were seen close to the village towards the beach near the old tower.  Are they still there?  Another speciality is wintering Trumpeter Finches; think fat House Sparrows with a dull, thick  red beak and a hint of pink on the chest.  I have usually seen them near the public hide, last on left as we travel out, or on the cliffs and grassland near the lighthouse.

This is a visit where we need to try and fill cars and so prevent a long convey.  In addition, during the morning, members can go on ahead or hang back to gain more space and then we check everyone is OK when we meet at the lighthouse about midday and stop for a coffee at a bar near the coast between about 1.30 and 2pm.  This will be a short comfort break for the ladies, assuming, if desperate, the men may have already taken the necessary remedy!  It would also enable folks to buy a sandwich if they do not have a packed lunch.  We do not stop for a “formal” lunch break and so miss the birding time.  After this break we drive along the track west from the town to the rambla so that we can explore the river mouth, probably a lagoon rather than a clean break to the sea.  Look out for Slender Gulls here.

There are six distinct birding areas:
1.    The public hides (4) overlooking the salinas (still working at the far end)
2.   The shore itself, either on the way out or back; Gannets and Shearwaters
3.    The lighthouse area overlooking the sea; Shags and sea birds, Trumpeter Finch?
4.    The inland road near the light house which should produce mountain birds
5.    A small hide (H5) at the back of the salina – one-way track.
6.    The truncated river to the west of the village.
See map on reverse – but not to scale; just an indication of where we are.

But mainly, enjoy yourselves and let’s hope we see lots of great birds during the day. 

Bob Wright
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2016, 03:24:42 pm »

Unable to attach the outline plan as the program says the file is too big.  If I cannot insert a link into the next Monthly Mailing I will take copies with me to Cabo de Gata.

Bob
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 11:00:09 am »


Hello folks,

We are looking for someone to offer to write a trip report for this meeting for the April magazine please. Any offers?

Thank you,

Brenda
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2016, 02:15:17 pm »

Im quite happy to write the trip report.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2016, 10:56:08 am »


Thank you almeriaves, I am afraid I don't know your name.

Derek and Barbara will be there too, and they were going to ask people on the Friday night. They don't need to ask now.

Thanks, Brenda
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 03:11:04 pm »

We shall be there - our first meeting for a while.

Bob and Lynn Carr

PS. I was able to book a room at the Hotel Blanca Brisa earlier today using booking.com. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2016, 06:37:08 pm »

Hi all,

Elaine Wallace and I will meet you there on Saturday.

Luis Alberto Rodríguez
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2016, 08:27:09 am »

I'm looking forward to being there, my first ABS meeting. I don't live far away, so won't be staying overnight but will be at the meeting place for 9.30. Kevin Borman
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2016, 05:42:08 pm »

ABS visit to Cabo de Gata on 12 March 2016

A very early and special thank you to the 35 members who joined Jenny and I for the March field meeting at Cabo de Gata in beautiful sunny weather on the 12th.  It was an absolute delight and pleasure to renew old acquaintances and meet new members, the latest being Curt and Gunilla from Sweden who joined this week, whom we certainly look on as friends.  The privilege was certainly ours.  I trust that you have all now arrived safely at your next destination whether it be home in Spain or the UK, your next “holidaying” stop, whether it be Granada or Jaen, or even should you be staying in the area for another night or two.  Jenny and I had a fabulous day, week-end really as the great majority arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday morning so giving us three bites of the local birding cherry.

As for the past two years the splitting of the members into smaller groups seemed to have given more opportunity to achieve the best results and as expressed at the time, each group saw a bird not seen by the others and, similarly, did not see a bird seen by others.  All certainly seemed to have achieved, more than fifty specie and, as a group we totalled (until told otherwise!) a magnificent list of 76 species.  The list follows at the end so it is now up to you if you think I have missed any bird(s)!

Best bird of the day?  Very difficult to tell and no doubt there might be over twenty different answers.   Of the three “special” birds that we might have hoped to see,  John and Jenny Wainwright were the only couple to find a Shag (but they had to be up very early to visit the lighthouse before breakfast, which just goes to show that it may be the early bird that catches the worm but it is the early birder who gets the Sag),  John  Brooks and Margot arrived at the suggested site late and seem to have been the only couple to actually see a Trumpeter Finch this year but many of us get a sighting of the wintering Dotterel, just the odd bird or two scratching around worth a small flock of Golden Plover.  But a number of us did see the birds at close quarters on the Friday afternoon as we approached the quarters, thanks to the taxi service provided by Derek and Barbara Etherton, and then a few more either took down the directions or knobbled Derek for a lift late Saturday afternoon!  Indeed, a few of us called in on the way home on Sunday morning and jenny and I along with Derek and Barbara managed to see a fly-past of the 40-strong flock.  But back to Saturday.  Not just a sighting of the Dotterel but when Luis Aberto was shown the birds on his way home he even managed to get the bonus sighting of s small number of Black-bellied Sandgrouse.  Now that should have kept him, along with visiting Canadian member Elaine Wallace, a very happy traveller as he made his way back to Malaga.

Add in Avocets, Slender-billed Gull, Iberian Grey Shrike, Stone Curlew, Little Stint, Shelduck, Sandwich Tern, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Pied Flycatcher, etc, etc and one can see how it becomes almost impossible to single out any one bird.

At the end of the day it had been a fabulous experience of great birding in great company and with lots of fun – even if both Wales and Chelsea ended up on the losing side!

List of birds seen by the group:
Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Balearic  Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Stone Curlew, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Dotterel, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling,  Little Stint, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern , Black-bellied Sandgrouse,  Rock Dove, Collared Dove,  Little Owl, Hoopoe, Short-toed Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler,  Bonelli’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, Iberian Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Rock Bunting

Here's to next time.

Bob Wright
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2016, 01:22:59 pm »

Cabo de Gata sightings.

Always the way; once you publish the list people will tell you what you missed!

One more to add to the list as Wood Lark was missing.

Bob
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2016, 08:57:42 pm »

Good to meet you and other members on Saturday Bob, for an excellent day's sociable birding. Thank you! Kevin Borman
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