By José Antonio Sánchez Iglesias
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Migration moves through Doñana these days. Garganeys, Wood Sandpipers, Tenmick’s Stints, Common Wheatears, Redstarts, Sedge Warblers, Willow and Western Bonelli’s Warblers, Orphean Warblers, Alpine Swifts and Rollers are passing through on their way north.
Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Black Kites, Lesser Kestrels, Purple and Squacco Herons, Crakes, Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns, Pallid Swifts, Cuckoos and Great-crested Cuckoos, Bee-eaters, Black-eared Wheatears, Short-toed Larks, Reed Warblers, Subalpine Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes and Collared Pratincoles, like the one on the photo, are coming to stay.
Female lynx is taking care of her recently born cubs and reed deer is losing their antlers to start regenerating them straight away. La Rocina Stream and forests and the marshes next to El Rocío offer a very good variety of birds at the moment, including Crested Coots, Flamingos, and Spoonbills along with a large number of waders. At the lagoons around Jose A. Valverde Visitor Centre there are several Garganeys and good number of Squacco and Purple Herons. Water Rail, Spotted and Baillon’s Crakesare spotted there every day.
Despite of the lack of rain that keeps large parts of the marshes dry, Doñana is offering very good opportunities to watch birds this just started spring. Some rain is expected in the next few days which will improve sensibly the situation.