Always good, indeed encouraging, to discover new followers of the blog and the moreso when they let you know of their experience whilst in the area. This morning, presumably form back in the UK, I received a message for David Withrington informing me of his birding exploits whilst spending a short period in Rincon de la Victoria on the eastern outskirts of Malaga City. Difficult to know which was the best sighting, the three Great Skuas off the coast or, for me, the first reported sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher this year.
Observer: David Withrington
26 February 2013
Rincon de la Victoria, seafront Gannet; Sanderling; Yellow-legged Gull; Mediterranean Gull; Black-headed Gull; Razorbill; White Wagtail; Chiffchaff; Black Redstart; Blackbird; Spotless Starling; House Sparrow
27 February 2013
Rincon de la Victoria, seafront Gannet; Cormorant; Great Skua (3); Lesser black-backed Gull; Yellow-legged Gull; Black-headed Gull; Mediterranean Gull; Serin
Anoreta golf course Mallard; Moorhen; Coot; Hoopoe; Crag Martin; House Martin; Barn Swallow; White Wagtail; Mistle Thrush; Blackbird; Stonechat; Robin; Black Redstart; Monk Parakeet; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Sardinian Warbler; Serin; Goldfinch; House Sparrow
28 February 2013
Benalmadena Cattle Egret; Kestrel; Crag Martin; Swallow; Black Redstart; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Sardinian Warbler; Cetti’s Warbler; Serin; Goldfinch; House Sparrow
1 March 2013
Rincon de la Victoria, seafront Mediterranean Gull; Crag Martin; House Martin; Barn Swallow; Grey Wagtail; White Wagtail; Blackbird; Black Redstart; Monk Parakeet; House Sparrow
Urb. La Sirena, beach Yellow-legged Gull; Mediterranean Gull; Chiffchaff; Greenfinch; Serin; Goldfinch; House Sparrow
Anoreta golf course Cormorant; Mallard; Coot; Kestrel; Little Owl; Crag Martin; House Martin; Hoopoe; Spotted Flycatcher; Blackcap; Sardinian Warbler; Cetti’s Warbler
Some great sightings there David and, at least, we can still find House Sparrows here whereas they seem to be a rapidly disappearing species back in the UK and, as you know, our Starlings are of the Spotless rather than Common (Northern) variety. However, there seem to have been more reports this winter of Common Starlings being found with our resident species.
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