|Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo|
Arriving at the the usual parking spot below the N340 road bridge I was greeted by a Collared Dove, Mallards and a number of Cormorants perched in the trees on the opposite side to dry themselves in the lovely warm sunshine. A Chiffchaff and a handful later in the morning but most seemed to have now departed. Next up a female Blackbird and also a few more during the course of the next hour. As I walked down towards the hide a sudden movement in one of the river bushes attracted my attention and, having watched the bird slip in and out of the leaves, it turned out to be a Subalpine Warbler and, even better, another feeding in the trees in front of me.
No shortage of Moorhens and there also seemed to be plenty of Grey Herons this morning along with at least a handful of Little Egrets. The "strange" small wader turned out to be a Little Stint and there were also three Redshanks in the river bed. By now I had reached the hide from where I saw numerous Spotless Starlings, Mallards and more Cormorants. A couple of Barn Swallows flew over and there were a number of Serins on the track behind me. Just the one White Wagtail but I did also manage to find a single Corn Bunting and the lone Zitting Cisticola. On the other hand, this did not suppress the constant calling (singing?) of the local Cetti's Warblers.
|Record shot of Subalpine Warbler Curruca Carrasquena Sylvia cantilans at the Rio Velez|
|Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|A few of the Mediterranean Gulls Gaviota Cabecinegra Larius melancocephalus|
|Cattle Egret Garcilla Bueyera Bubulcus ibis|
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
Mallard, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Back-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cistocola, Subalpine Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, Serin, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
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