|Chiffchaff Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus collybita|
I needed to refuel the car so any excuse to get in a little more birding. In this case, ninety minutes down at the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar where I was welcomed under the bridge and on to the track by the usual Rock Doves and Moorhens plus a new car park. Somebody has been really busy and found some money somewhere in order to plane a number of saplings at the start of the track down to the beach and, at the same time, creating a "proper" car parking space. I am not sure whether or not this was intended for we birders in the Axarquia or the farmers working opposite! Alas, I suspect the latter. Even better, I had already encountered the resident Thekla Larks and a Black Redstart as I drove down the mountain.
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
Reaching the pump house I then discovered the latest addition to our local "reserve" with the newly-built hide immediately opposite. And wonder of wonders, the builders either used a non-Spaniard, certainly not a child this time, as the seats line up with the windows and , unlike so many hides out here in Spain, you do not need to fold you back in two to be able to look out at the habitat in front of you! This also probably explains all the beach excavations earlier in the year as the "reserve" now would appear to have a permanent lagoon set back from the beach which could develop very nicely - if left alone and allowed to settle without any human interference. Naturally, I tried out the hide - and also on the return walk. I was able to look out meadows in front and two small, parallel stream jut beyond which revealed both Coots and Moorhens! Chiffchaffs were feeding all around me and lots of White Wagtails on the grass but also a handful of Meadow Pipits. A Robin put in an appearance followed by a score of Spotless Starlings that came down to drink and bathe. But a closer look revealed that there was also a Common Starling in with his southerly cousins so this hide is OK by me! I could even see to the northern end of the lagoon and the resting gulls which were mainly Black-headed with a number of Yellow-legged Gulls. A scope from here is going to be very useful but the temptation will be to drive straight to the hide and miss out the river stretch. Opposite the hide a cycle rack to hold up to eight bicycles has also been created from wood and the new information board is erected and awaiting its message. All looking very good and something for which the town can take pride.
|A quintet of the two dozen Sanderlings Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba|
|Grey Wagtail Lavandera Cascadena Motacilla cinerea|
|Can you spot the Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris alpina amongst these Sanderlings?|
Mallard, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch.
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