Just received a report from John and Jenny Wainwright and it would appear that all is happening both at the river and the lower picnic area where there is a very small waterfall. Not content with Mistle Thrushes, John and Jenny managed to find a very obliging Dipper which hung around long enough to have its photo taken. It must have been a very quiet morning with no bus loads of children or noisy hikers. Well done, anyway.
Torre del Mar & the Tejedas: Thursday 30 October
A very pleasant day with a light breeze. Just out of the village limits we saw two Hoopoes and a few House Sparrow, Spotless Starlings and some Collared Doves.
After our visit to the Torre del Mar market, we drove round to the Rio Velez. At the bridge a couple of Rove Doves and Chiffchaffs. At the hide we found Stonechats, Mallard, Moorhen, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Goldfinches, Collared Doves and masses of Chiffchaffs and two Cormorants flew over.
|Sanderlings Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba on the beach (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
On our way to the beach lots of butterflies including Small Whites, Red Admirals and Speckled Woods were seen in the dappled areas. At the beach and looking out to sea a single adult Gannet, Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-legged Gulls, whilst on the beach itself a group of five Sanderlings ran frantically searching for food. On the estuary a single Grey Heron, Mallard, Common Coots and a Crested Coot(collared) were noted and in the reed beds more Chiffchaffs, Cetti´s Warblers, Stonechats, House Sparrows and an Red Avadavit were logged. On the return to the car a Cattle Egret, a male Black Redstart, a Snipe, Mistle Thrush and Linnets were located.
|Black redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ocruros (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Firecrest, Nuthatches and, to our great surprise, a Dipper which stayed long enough for photos.
|Dipper Mirlo-acuatico Europeo Cinclus cinlus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Retracing our steps an up to the old railway at Venta de Zafaraya we saw Crag Martins, a good number of Chough ( I lost count at forty), Black Wheatears, Serins, Sardinian Warblers, Great Tits, Mistle Thrushes, Linnets, Goldfinches, Blackbird and a Southern Grey Shrike.
|Mistle Thrush Zorzal Charlo Turdus viscivorus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|The introduced Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristala at the Rio Velez (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|