|Robin Petirrojo Europeo Erithacus rubecula|
The New Year has arrived and time to get up and about and, knowing my luck, I will probably see half-a-dozen birds I missed last year within the first week or so!
Off early to one of my three local sites at the Charca de Suarez on the western outskirts of Motril after first spending a few minutes on the high cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean just east of the town where I recorded mainly Yellow-legged and a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls plus the occasional passing Gannet, a small number of Cormorants and a handful of Crag Martins as I departed for the Charca.
House Sparrows and Collared Doves as I arrived and the site was quite quiet with very few birds about but that, I suspect, was mainly because I was enjoying the company of fellow-ABS member Jacinto Villalvilla from Malaga rather than concentrating on the birding. Anyway, it was a very enjoyable morning for me made even better when Steve and Elena Powell arrived and informed me that they had been watching the wintering Black-shouldered Kite in nearby "Turtle Dove Alley." But the bird was not to be seen on the way home though I did pick up a Hoopoe.
First to the Laguna del Taraje where I found a number of Mallards along with Coots and loads of Chiffchaff plus a pair of Stonechats, a skulking Purple Swmphen and single Moorhen and Little Grebe. Just before departing for the relatively new Laguna del Alamo Blanco a very quiet Buzzard slipped in under the radar below the hide and up into the tree to the immediate left. Just a few seconds respite and it was off as silently as it had appeared. Very strange behaviour for a Buzzard, so much so that it might easily have been mistaken for a Sparrowhawk. Good job there were two of us in the hide and both saw this brief, silent appearance. At the new water there were a number of Teal and Coots along with Moorhens and Chiffchaffs. A single White Wagtail had taken over the "Kingfisher perch" giving good photographic opportunities and a Little Egret put in a brief appearance a the far end of the water. The two Snipe seen were well concealed and took some finding.
|Chiffchaff Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus colybita|
|Purple Swamphen Calamon Porphyrio porphyrio|
|Record shot of distant Water Pipit Bisbita Alpino Anthus spinoletta|
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulca cristala without a priest's collar!|
Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Little Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Buzzard, Moorhen, Purple Swamhen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Crag Martin, Water Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Chifchaff, House Sparrow.
|White Wagtail Lavandera Blanca Motacilla alba|
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