Five members of the Axarquia Bird group arrived together at the Charca de Suarez on a blustery Sunday morning hoping for some surprises, and we were not disappointed. Elena´s hawk eyes picked up Moustached Warblers at the Laguna del Tirage and later at Laguna del Trebol.
It was nice to see a pair of Marsh Harriers around the Reserve, but the best surprise was the sight of a Little Crake on the Laguna del Lirio, after a two year absence, along with the warbler another first for Mary-Anne Murphy.
The Laguna del Lirio is usually the least productive pond, but not today. As well as the Crake a Kingfisher was catching fish near the far bank. Alan & Yvonne spotted a Little Bittern flying across and disappearing into the reeds. A very handsome blue-headed Yellow Wagtail gave us good views and Purple Swamphens were visible, across the water.
The main hide by comparison was relatively uninteresting. Too many Cormorants, seven Pochard, numerous Shoveler, Two Black-winged Stilts, a Purple Swamphen, plenty of Grey Herons, Gulls, Coots, Moorhens, Mallard and some recently arrived Barn Swallows and House Martins had joined the Crag Martins.
Apart from the Moustached Warbler the Laguna del Trebol had the usual four Red-knobbed Coots plus a solitary Teal to add to our list. Not to mention the Pied Wagtail, chiffchaffs and stonechats, oh and a Kestrel surveyed the scene from a nearby tree.