|Serin Verdicillo Serinus serinus|
Following on from the receipt of yesterday's email from Andrew Allport re his visit to my local patch on Saturday and the sun shining in an almost clear sky, I quickly completed my jobs around the house and took myself off to the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar in the hope that I, too, might find some exciting bird life. A couple of hours of birding produced some new birds for the month but only one new bird for the year, number of House Martins. The were available in good supply along with a similar number of Crag Martins and a few Barn Swallows.
|Loads of Chiffchaffs Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus collybita both feeding and fleeing|
Commencing my walk I added a single Ringed Plover then a pair of Little Ringed Plovers. Serins were flitting around the trees and bushes whilst numerous Crag Martins fed overhead. Indeed, as stated above, it was not long before I was also adding both House Martin and Barn Swallow.
|Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Gordo Charadrius hiaticula (above) and Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico C. dubius (below)|
Having seen a Common Coot a good way upstream from the lagoon I was somewhat surprised to see its neighbour with a large white mark on its neck so, yes, the (presumably) introduced Red-knobbed Coot is still about and, potentially, looking for a nesting site but, unless it knows something that we do not, will have to consider a potential hybrid pairing for this year.
|Red-knobbed Coot 27F Focha Moruno Fulica cristata is still alive and well down at the Rio Velez|
|Mediterranean Gull Gaviota Cabecinegra Larus melanocephalus almost moulted out|
|The solitary Green Sandpiper Andarrios Grande Tringa ochropus|
Mallard, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet.
|Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ochruros|
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