Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Purple Sandpiper

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 January

In Fuengirola for four days and this afternoon, in perfect sunshine following yesterday afternoon's continuous rain, off to Mijas Costa to find the wintering Purple Sandpiper.  Did we find the bird?  No, the wretched wader picked today to take a day trip somewhere!  Maybe I will get chance to have another look tomorrow.

Turnstones  Vuelvepiedras Comun Arenaria interpres and Sanderlings Correlimos Trdactilo Calidris alba
Meanwhile, we did see a total of 40+ Sanderling along with at least twenty Turnstone, a couple of Whimbrel, half-a-dozen Kentish Plover, a handful of Ringed Plover and a pair of Black Redstart.  Numerous Cormorants feeding and resting off shore and a small mixed flock of (mainly) Yellow-legged and Black-headed Gulls.

Sanderling Correlimos Trdactilo Calidris alba

Turnstone  Vuelvepiedras Comun Arenaria interpres

Kentish Plover Chorlitejo Patinegro Charadrius alexandrinus

Whimbrel Zarapito Trinador Numenius phaeopus

Gannet, Cormorant, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Spotless Starling, Serin

More Turnstones Vuelvepiedras Comun Arenaria interpres and Sanderlings Correlimos Trdactilo Calidris alba
Black-headed Gull Gaviota Reidora Larus ridibundus

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