A lovely start to the day; warm, sunny and practically no breeze to speak of. With rain forecast for later in the week I decided to park the car near the the old road bridge at the Rio Velez just outside Torre del Mar and walk the track to the beach and back up the other side to complete the circuit. All seemed very dry with the only water, initially, at the lagoon just back from the beach itself. A few Moorhens and resident Rock Doves as I prepared to start my walk and then a Hoopoe flew across the now dry driver bed. Both Robin and Blackbird were seen and the first of very many Chiffchaff.
|Chiffchaff Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus collybita|
|Bluethroat Ruisenor Pechiazul Luscinia svecica at the Rio Velez|
Continuing upstream on the far side there was an inordinate number of feeding Chiffchaff and with the occasional Greenfinch and then the first Serins. before heading towards the river bed I stopped to look at the field being harrowed and was able to see a number of Black-headed Gulls, Cattle Egrets, a number of White Wagtails along with both Stonechat and a female Black Redstart.
|White Wagtail Lavandera Blanca Motacilla alba|
Once back at the the river bed I found a small, almost hidden, stream and looking downstream noted both the lone Heron and a single Snipe in addition to more Moorhens.
|Distant record shot against the sun of the visiting Snipe Gallinago gallinago|
To my left, upstream, a few Goldfinch were feeding in a puddle along with Chiffchaffs and about a dozen Spotless Starlings. At this point the party of ten Collared Doves arrived to roost in a nearby tree.
|The Collared Dove Tortola Turca Streptopelia decaocto gathering|
Back to the car and a drive upstream beyond the N340 road to check out the arable fields. No sooner had I arrived than I found a male Black Redstart, female Blackcap, more Serins and a very large flock of Spotless Starlings which also included a handful of Common Starlings.
|Another Chiffchaff Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus collybita takes flight|
Moving on to check out the river I found plenty of White Wagtails on the way and with some clear water puddles below me I was also able to pick out another Meadow Pipit along with both a single Lapwing and a lone Grey Wagtail. Similarly, I finally found a couple of the expected Crested Larks. So, my relatively short visit had produced 31 species before making my way back for a welcome coffee and churros.
|Meadow Pipit Bisbita Pratense Anthus pratensis|
Cattle Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Back-headed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.