Back from Britain and good to get back into routine. John and Jenny Wainwright have been out near their in Salar, see below, Mick Richardson is once again on the hunt for dragonflies and butterflies (see the "Axarquia Birds and Wildlife" Facebook site) and the same evening as John (Tuesday) Jenny and I were able to spend the evening at the Charca de Suarez reserve in Motril along with Steve and Elena Powell and great friends Dave and Gill Elliott-Binns from, relatively, distant Almeria (see separate blog).
John, in the last paragraph, wonders about an early return migration for his Bee-eaters and there were certainly a number calling above is last night.
Huetor Tajar: Tuesday 8th July
Very hot with hardly any breeze.
After dropping Jenny at the market, I thought I would have a quick peek at the stream to the north of
Huetor Tajar, as I only had an hour or so at the outside.
As I crossed the stream and rose up onto the embankment the fields - as they been harvested lately -
were swarming with Barn Swallows and House Martins. In the "stream" only minor puddles and a
limited trickle was seen, but what water was available, was being put to good use by the House
Sparrows, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and Linnets which were bathing in it. Lots of Crested Larks and Azure-winged Magpies about with a few Blackbirds, Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons.
|No shortage of Azure-winged Magpies Cyanopica cyanus here! (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
again I flushed a Little Owl from the stream bed with its prey - a small rat if I believe - and it landed on the concrete wall opposite me, just long enough to take it´s photograph. As it flew off into a
copse, two Tree Sparrows alighted on a chain link fence to my right, so it had to be a photo through
|Always good to see a Tree Sparrow Passer montanus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Not only John who has noticed the shortage of Cattle Egrets Bubulcus ibis (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|At least this Little Owl Athene noctua seems to have found a substantial breakfast (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
and a huge flock of Bee-eaters flew overhead in the general direction of Malaga. Maybe they are
heading back as the only time I have known them to fly at night is on migration; one wonders!!!
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