Just the bare two hours down at the local river, the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar and back home by 11.30. Whilst I managed 30 species in the allotted time, regretfully I still did not find my target bird, the little Penduline Tits that feed and breed in this area. Greeted by both House Sparrow and White Wagtail a trio of Moorhens scampered back to cover as I got out of the car just upstream of the road bridge.
Once under the bridge and walking down towards the sea the singing (?) of the Cetti's Warblers was almost deafening and soon there were plenty of Chiffchaffs and the occasional Goldfinch to draw one's attention. The odd Blackbird or two crossed the dry river bed which looked a mess along with the track edges as a result of the recent bamboo harbest and then, suddenly, a Snipe took off from almost beneath and zig-zagged away down stream. By now I was seeing a regular supply of Cormorants overhead and even found three Herons resting high in a tall tree on the opposite bank.
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
|Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta|
|Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba with Little Stint behind|
So a slow walk back to the car with regular unproductive stops to scan the fragmities for the elusive Penduine Tits but I did find both a female Black Redstart and a single Robin. I could see a single Cattle Egret on the river side of the path up ahead and then, whilst putting away the equipment in the car, a visit from a friendly Great Tit. Thirty birds in four time thirty minutes.
|Two Sanderlings Calidris alba with Little Stint Calidris minuta in front to show size comparion|
Mallard, Gannet, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Snipe, Meditaerranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Hoopoe, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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