A very short notice for this month's Axarquia Bird Group but, nevertheless, I was pleased to be joined by Bryan Stapley along with David and Anne Jefferson for a three-hour walk and observation at the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar. Gorgeous sunny weather after the early morning showers everything looking comparatively fresh and birds were certainly found, 41 in total.
|Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
|Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo|
Greeted by the resident Rock Doves and the odd Moorhen we soon noticed the Grey Heron and Cormorant sharing the higher branches of the same tree on the opposite bank to get their early morning warmth. A pair of Mallard disappeared upstream and a Green Sandpiper seemed unable to make up its mind which way to travel. A Little Egret was feeding near the water and Cetti's Warblers were calling. Spotless Starlings were moving around and we had the occasional Collared Dove.
|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea|
|Serin Serinus serinus|
From the hide we had a very good view of a Wryneck that stayed a considerable time along with Goldfinches, Serins and both a Robin and a Crested Lark. A Little Ringed Plover rapidly departed the water whereas the Cattle Egret seemed glued to its reeded perch for about an hour or more. Overhead we had Barn and Red-rumped Swallow along with both House and Sand Martins.
|A very patient Wryneck Jynx torquuilla|
|A gull mix including Mediterranea Larus melanocephalus and Black-headed Larus ridibundus|
|Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Blue-headed Wagtail (Iberian Yellow Wagtail) Motacilla flava iberiae (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator to end the morning (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
Mallard, Shoveler, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Green sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swalllow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
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