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Species list;- Almeria November 1999,
Base;- Casa Montana, Cabrera, Turre, Almeria, Spain
Date;- Thursday 4/11 to Thursday 11/11/1999
|Seen daily on reservoir in Cortijo Grande (a maximum of 5 individuals), other individuals at suitable habitats but not numerous except at Las Norias.
|40+ at Cabo de Gata 6/11 and 20+ at Viejas on the 10/11. One or two individuals at other suitable sites.
|Steady movements from all sea-watches
|Seen regularly on all sea-watches.
|Regular at all coastal sights visited.
|One only seen briefly in flight at Las Norias.
|Two at Las Norias and a small party flying south above the autovia near Almeria, p.m. 10/11
|Seen regularly in suitable habitat but not numerous.
|Common in suitable habitat.
|Common at Roquetas and Cabo de Gata.
|One beside a small reservoir at Lorca on the morning of 5/11.
|5 escapees at Roquetas on 10/11
|Common at Cabo de Gata.
|Seen at Las Norias and Cabo de Gatta in small numbers.
|Seen in most suitable habitat.
|Single birds seen at Las Norias and Cabo de Gatta.
|Reasonably common in suitable habitat.
|Only seen at Las Norias, maximum of 4 individuals.
|One pair at Las Norias, not seen elsewhere.
|A few at both Las Norias and on the east coast estuaries (Almanzora and Aguas at Mojacar)
|3 at Las Norias.
|White headed Duck
|Small groups at Las Norias and salinas Viejas (Roquetas)
|2 at the estuary of the Almanzora
|20+ observed on the Las Amoladeras steppe and 500+ soaring above the Cabo de Gatta on the afternoon of the 6/11
|Single birds seen on three occasions, Cabo de Gatta 6/11, Las Norias 8/11 and salinas Viejas 10/11.
|One only in the foothills of Sierra Cabrera 4/11.
|One above Casa Montana, early morning 7/11.
|1 only en-route to Sierra Espuna 5/11.
|One probable bird seen from the car whilst travelling to Casa Montana from Almeria airport.
|Individuals seen on two occasions, 7/11 and 8/11 at the salinas Viejas.
|Scarce, heard at Casa Montana and Las Amoladeras. One bird observed after being shot at Cuevas de Los Ubedas7/11.
|1 heard at Las Norias.
|A small Crake disappeared into reeds at the Aguas estuary late afternoon 9/11, this bird was almost certainly a Little Crake.
|Relatively common in suitable habitat
|Numerous at Cabo de Gatta and a few birds at salinas Viejas.
|Flock of 21 on open land north of the Rio Almanzora estuary.
|Seen in small numbers in suitable habitat.
|Common in suitable habitat.
|Only one or two birds observed on four days.
|Seen on most days but not numerous.
|seen in small groups at Punta Sabinar and Almanzora estuary.
|Common in suitable habitat
|One individual at Las Norias 8/11.
|Common in suitable habitat
|Two individuals seen at Roquetas, one on the 8/11 and one on the 10/11
|Small numbers seen on four days, Punta Sabinar, Cabo de Gatta and at the salinas Viejas.
|One bird on the shingle bar at the Almanzora estuary 9/11.
|Small numbers at Cabo de Gata and salinas Viejas.
|1 individual positively identified at salinas Viejas 8/11.
|Individuals and small groups seen regularly on beaches in the area.
|Small numbers at Las Norias.
|Common in all suitable habitats
|1 or 2 at Cabo de Gata, 1 at Las Norias.
|1 only at Las Norias 10/11
|Small numbers at Cabo de Gatta and salinas Viejas.
|1 only from Punta Sabinar chasing Gulls 10/11.
|1 only from Cabo de Gatta headland late afternoon 6/11.
|Only seen at Cabo de Gatta.
|Lesser Black-backed Gull
|A few individuals at Cabo de Gatta.
|9 flushed on the steppe at Las Amoladeras 6/11
|Only two seen at the forest above Cabrera on the 9/11.
|Becoming increasingly common, seen every day.
|Only one bird seen on the evening of the 4/11 at Cabrera
|1 at small reservoir in Cortijo Grande, appears to be resident.
|Heard at Cabrera and seen at Puerto Rey9/11 and Espuna 5/11.
|Lesser Short-toed Lark
|Three small flocks on the Las Amoladeras steppe 6/11.
|2 birds eventually tracked down on Las Amoladeras steppe.
|Common in all areas
|A few confirmed sightings, many Thekla/Crested in the area.
|One or two birds above the forest at Espuna.
|1 at the western end of the salinas Viejas 8/11
|A few birds moving through the area, seen on 4 days.
|Common, seen on most days.
|Individual birds seen at Las Norias and salinas Viejas 8 & 10/11
|Not common, but seen on a total of 4 days.
|1 seen at Espuna
|A scattered flock at the top of Espuna, possibly 6-10 individuals
|1 on the 7/11 at the estuary near Almeria town. At least 1 at Las Norias, another in scrub at the Almanzora estuary and finally 1 at the salinas Viejas 10/11
|Difficult to locate, 1 on the steppe at Las Amoladeras 6/11 and 1 in the Roquetas area 10/11.
|One towards Cuevas de Los Ubedas7/11 and one at Puerto Rey.
|Seen on three days, but not common.
|1 only at Espuna 5/11
|Single birds seen on 4 days.
|Seen or heard in all suitable habitat.
|1 at salinas Viejas late afternoon 10/11.
|One at Puerto Rey 9/11.
|Seen on three days but not numerous.
|1 only in trees at Espuna 5/11.
|1 or 2 birds in reed bed at Almanzora estuary 9/11.
|A few birds at Espuna, but not common.
|Seen on two occasions, not numerous.
|A few individuals at Espuna and heard in the Cabrera forest.
|Two small flocks seen at Espuna and Almanzora.
|1 or 2 at Espuna 5/11.
|Great Grey Shrike
|1 or 2 seen every day except at Espuna.
|1 observed for 20 minutes at the salinas Viejas, Roquetas. Report submitted to SEO.awaiting acceptance 10/11. (This bird was subsequently discovered by a Spanish birder 4 days later, photographed and widely reported in the press - we assume it has been authenticated, but still await written confirmation)
|Only one seen at Espuna.
|Small numbers at the top of Espuna.
|2 seen from Autovia close to Almeria town10/11.
|Only one bird seen 9/11 Puerto Rey.
|Reasonably common at Espuna, also heard at the Cabrera forest.
|2 birds in the Cortijo Grande valley 4/11.
|Seen on three days in suitable habitat.
|Seen on three days, but not numerous.
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