The forecast said to expect rain but upon waking twas a beautiful clear and sunny start to the day and the temperature rapidly approaching the low twenties. So what better way to celebrate than take the short trip down to the Rio Velez just west of Torre del Mar for a couple of hours birding. Upon arriving I had a gorgeous Grey Wagtail descend to the river bank and then a White Wagtail on the track leading to the beach beyond the road bridges. Add on both House Sparrows and Blackbird and I thought I was in for a great birding walk. Not so. Plenty of water in the river which has attracted a score or more Mallards to join the few resident Moorhens but so much bamboo and reed growth that it was almost impossible to see the water, even more so as I moved along.
|Male and femal Mallard Anade Azulon Anas platyrhynchos|
|White Wagtail Lavandera Blanca Motacilla alba|
|Goldfinch Jilguero Carduelis carduelis|
The short drove to the other side of the bridges through the fields presently being planted with either lettuce or greens revealed more Goldfinch and even a Chaffinch. Just the one Collared Dove and then the muck heap. Who said nobody likes a muck heap? This was one that had attracted a dozen Cattle Egrets and many House Sparrows and White Wagtails. So, less than two hours for a total of 24 species.
|Cattle Egrets Garcilla Bueyera Bubulcus ibis making the most of the muck heap|
Mallard, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Moorhen, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch.
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