|Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops|
On arrival Eric Lyon, Steve Powell, Malcolm Austin, Brian Green and Dan Wilkinson were already present (and I was a few minutes early!) and were pointing out both the Moorhen and Reed Warblers that were still present. We were soon joined by Gerry Collins and Louise Gray from Salobrena along with Lesley Laver from Nerja who had made the longest journey and they , too, were able to pick up the same birds. The resident population of Rock Doves was out in good numbers and within minutes we were being serenaded by dozens of Monk Parakeets who seemed to remain with us for the rest of the morning. Malcolm managed to see the lone Common Sandpiper before it disappeared and then we started the leisurely walk down towards the pumping station and the beach.
|Lone juvenile Kentish Plover Chorlitejo patinegro Charadrius alexandrinus on beach|
|Juvenile Nightingale Ruisenor Comun Luscinia megarhynchos|
|Female Red Avadavat Bengali Rojo Amandava amandava|
On reaching the cars, some departed for the cooler location of home whilst five of us took a look at the river above the road bridge where, in addition to a number of White Wagtails, we had a very close sighting of a Cetti's warbler, a second Common Sandpiper along with another Blackbird and even a Collared Dove plus, of course, more noisy Monk Parakeets. Add on the Kestrel, Stonechat and Thekla Lark seen as I drove down off the mountain and I was well-pleased with a total of almost 40 species for the morning.
|Is this Audouin's Gull Gaviota de Audouin Larus audouinii having the last laugh?|
Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail (Iberiae), White Wagtail, Nightingale, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Serin and Goldfinch.
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