|Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas Gris Muscicapa striata|
Jenny off down tot the local village to have her hair "done" so a chance, at last, for me to grab the car and spend almost an hour and a half at the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar. No sooner out of the house and we had Sardinian Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting before even started the descent into Los Romanes.
What a treat to be back at the local patch where the weather was warm and sunny but, I must admit, a little on the humid side for my liking. But then I did have all that green vegetation and whilst very little water in the river itself there was a considerable lagoon at the approach to the beach. Parking the car near the N340 road bridge I noticed a feeding Spotted Fycatcher low down in the reeds on the far side of the bridge and the local Rock Doves were all either in the air or feeding in or near the water in front of me. A White Wagtail walked the river's edge and a couple of Blackbird busied themselves in and under the neighbouring bushes. On the far side, a movement onto the reeds drew my attention where I quickly found a feeding Reed Warbler. No Common Kestrel in the trees, rather it was resting on the cross beams of the nearby electricity pylon. This led me to check out the two "pigeons" on the wires where they were also quickly identified as a pair of Turtle Doves. The pair were happy to remain even though the appearance of about thirty Spotless Starlings on the same stretch or wires and post caused quite a stir.
No sooner had I started to walk down the track than a Grey Heron saw me coming and decided to make a hasty retreat. This in turn, drew my attention to both the Common and Green Sandpipers that were also feeding nearby in the shallow waters. A little further on I could also make out a Little Egret that also moved away, this time down stream where I knew that it would reappear in due course. Meanwhile, the Barn Swallows continued to feed over and near the water and a couple of Mallard could be seen hiding under the far bank.
|Two Egrets: Cattle Garcilla Bueyera Bubulcus ibis (lower left) and Little Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta (above right)|
|Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius (adult above and juvenile below)|
|Curlew Sandpiper Correlimos Zarapitin Calidris ferruginea and with feeding Dunlin below|
|A pair of the alpina sub-species Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris alpina|
|A lovely little Zitting Cisticola Buitron Cisticola juncidis|
|Juvenile Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator|
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
|Common Sandpiper Andarrios Chico Actitus hypoleucos|
Mallard, Short-toed Eagle, Kestrel, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, White Wagtail, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, Hoouse Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Rock Bunting.
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