Lovely clear, calm and sunny morning as I made my way down to the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar for a couple of hours wandering the river bank and beach. Just a couple of workers in the fields so all very quiet and undisturbed albeit the water level seems to have fallen quite dramatically since my last visit, no doubt due to the breach on the shore which has seen a steady outpouring of the fresh water into the sea.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta alba feeding, at rest and in competition with a Cormorant Cormoran Grande Phalacrocorax carbo|
|Chiffchaffs Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus collybita everywhere|
No sooner had I started to walk down towards the pumping station than I found my first Grey Wagtail followed by another couple of Ringed Plovers. Cetti's Warbers were blasting forth all around me and, ere long, were even making themselves visibly noticed. A Little Egret took off downstream and was quickly followed by a Grey Heron. Before reaching the hide, I was aware that a dozen or more Crag Martins were feeding over and near the water so another pleasant sighting to help the morning on its way.
|Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus|
Stopping on the beach to look back up the river I could not but notice the score or more of Cormorants, many hanging their wings out to dry, accompanied by about a dozen Coots, a few Moorhens and a small number of Black-headed, Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Then I found my first wader, a Little Stint who rapidly disappeared to be replaced by a Kentish Plover as I was joined by friend Marcus Rootes. Marcus had been making his way down the track behind me and during his walk managed to find most of my birds plus a sleeping Snipe, Green Sandpiper and female Reed Bunting.
|Record shot of Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis|
Time to make my way back to the car and collecting a Crested Lark on the way plus just the one Cattle Egret looking for titbits in the worked field.
|Water Pipit Bisbita Alpino Anthus spinoletta|
A final total of 34 species including seven waders. Does this mean that the corner has been turned and we can now expect to see genuine wader arrival?
Mallard, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Zisticola, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.
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