An hour to go before my doctor's appointment so I left early and drove down to nearby Torre del Mar, parked under the N340 road bridge at the start of the track to the beach and used up forty minutes with a short walk to the hide and back alongside the Rio Velez. The recent rains have certainly left a very verdant scene and a good flow of water so, naturally, both Mallard and Moorhen seen as soon as I arrived.
At first all seemed very quiet but ere long I had seen numerous Blackirds - all males. A couple of Goldfinches on the fence and then the first Blue-headed Yellow wagtail and I was to see a further four or five as i continued on my way. Resting in a tall tree on the far side of the river a quartet of Cormorant and then a similar number of Spotless Starlings moving about. A movement in the nearby tree caught my attention and interesting to see that there were still a few Chiffchaffs to be seen - perhaps awaiting the outcome of the Brexit fiasco before deciding whether or not to venture north to summer climes!
|(Blue-headed) Yellow Wagtail Lavandera Boyera Motacilla flava iberiae|
|Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops|
Mallard, Cormorant, Moorhen, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Barn Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Blackbird, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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