|Serin Verdecllo Seinus serinus|
Jenny out at a couple of classes during the day so an excellent opportunity to join friends Derek and Barbara Etherton for a morning at Zapata (Guadalhorce behind the airport) and then follow on, after a lovely egg and ham roll, up to the Rio Grande. At the "Arches" just before 9.30 and all into Derek's car to drive down to the river across the mud flats following the recent, continuous rain - albeit not as bad, I am told, as yesterday, nevermind Monday!
Welcomed to the site by the local Jackdaws and Spotless Starlings then the drive down to the river produced many Blackcap and Sardinian Warbler along with a passing male Blackbird and a number of both Serin and Goldfinch. A trio of Greenfinches gave us the beady eye and, of course, there were numerous House Sparrows.
|Goldfinch Jilguero Carduelis carduelis|
|Great White Egret Gazetta Grande Egretta alba|
|Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia|
|The high Short-toed Eagle Culebrera Europea Circaetus gallicus|
No sooner had we seen the eagle than we seemed to enter "Raptor land" with first a Booted Eagle immediately followed by both Buzzard on the nearby wires and a Kestrel. Having recorded both Black Redstart and Stonechat we made our way up to the bridge to admire Herons, drying Cormorants and a lovely Greenshank when we found not just more Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps but a Grey Wagtail and our first Common Sandpiper of the morning. All very enjoyable and a final count of over 50 species before we made our way back to collect my car from Zapata.
|And then the Common Buzzard Busardo Ratonero Buteo bureo was up, up and away (Camera passed to Derek to take shots through the nearside window)|
Gadwall, Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis, Heron, Spoonbill, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Pallid Swift, Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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