Not particularly early arriving at the Rio Velez on the western outskirts of Torre del Mar and parking in my usual place below the road bridge at the start of the track down to the sea. As usual, greeted by both the resident Rock Doves and Moorhens along with numerous Goldfinches and Chiffchaffs hopping around the larger trees. Then a meet with Nigel Smith, a long-distant member of the Axarquia Bird Group from Barnsley (and avid Sheffield United supported. Well, someone has to show some pity for the poor old "Blades.") and presently holidaying in Nerja till the end of the week. On his way home having arrived by day break, Nigel had recorded loads of Mediterranean Gull, the departure of the Cattle Egret roost and even seen a Wryneck, Kingfisher and Hoopoe so he was well-pleased. Whilst we had a short chat a flock of about 80 Sky Larks was wheeling above the field being ploughed and more Chiffchaffs were busy feeding in he track-side hedges and bushes. t the same time there was a constant calling from the local Cetti's Warblers and the first of a few Zitting Cisticolas flew over the track.
|Zitting Cisticola Buitron Cisticola juncidis|
Departures made I carried on down tot he hide with its now restricted view but at least, unlike my last visit, I could actually see something of the river. All that I saw from the hide were a number of Serins,Goldfinches and a Stonechat. So back to the car with, now, the sun behind me and I managed to find a pair of skulking Mallards. Then it was back to the hide in the car so that I could walk down to the beach. Fortunately, not too many people about and I was able to pick up a Heron, Little Egret and a handful of Coots. A number of White Wagtails and Moorhens were feeding/foraging around the rubbish deposited in the middle of the lagoon with a single Little Grebe just beyond and on the beach a single Sanderling and Kentish Plover. Out at sea, resting on the calm waters, a number of Mediterranean, Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
|Mediterranean Gull gaviota Cabecinegra Larus melanocephalus|
|Green Sandpiper Andarrios Grande Tringa ochropus|
|Two of the quartet of Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris canutus at the Rio Velez|
Mallard, Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Monk Parakeet, Wryneck, Sky Lark, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Zisticola, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
|A couple of Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris (above) mixing with Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor (below)|
|Bathing time with a single Common Starling Estornino Pinto Sturnus vulgaris to the left|
|The ever-present Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
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