Had to go into Torre del Mar for a meeting so carried on down to the Rio Velez afterwards arriving just after 10.30 to be greeted by warm sunshine, clear blue skies and no wind. Great! Even the resident Rock Doves and Moorhens came out to welcome me back. A very pleasant couple of hours followed including a trip upstream at the end and I finished up with 33 species including my first Nightingales and a Wren for 2016.
|Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator|
|Subalpine Warbler Curruca Carrasquena Sylvia cantillans|
|Cattle Egret GarcillaBueyera Bubulcus ibis (above) and Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta (below)|
On the way back to the hide I was rather surprised to see a lone Sandwich Tern exploring the waters to the north of the lagoon but it refused to stay long enough to have its picture taken.
Walking back to the car I had Crested Larks feeding in the field to my right and having reached the stand of trees where I would expect to find Spotted Flycatchers when they arrive, I could hear then saw my first Nightingale of the year. A Cetti's Warbler posed low in the tree and a handful of Serins did likewise a little higher and, noticing movement below, was in time to see a little "Jenny" Wren flit through the scrub.
|Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops|
|Times don't change as an Ox pulls a cart over the Rio Velez|
Mallard, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Little Owl, Common Swift, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue-headed wagtail, White Wagtail, Wren, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Whitethroat, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.