Another lovely war and sunny morning with clear blue skies and not a breath of wind. Friends Derek and Barbara Etherton joined us for a morning coffee visit and then time for a short walk up the track alongside the Rio Algarrobo. All on our own in terms of people but lots of bird activity starting with the very many Monk Parakeets and a the start of numerous Collared Dove sightings. A few House Sparrows and Pallid Swifts over the apartment buildings but in the first spinney time to stop, listen and finally find a pair of Bonelli's Warblers. No sooner had we moved on than we had a Sardinian Warbler calling from the river bed and the appearance of a Greenfinch.
|Male Sardinian Warbler Curruca Cabecinegra Sylvia melanocephala|
Moving on up the river the fort of a quintet of Spotted Flycatchers and then the sight of both Serins and Goldfinches. A pair of Red-rumped Swallows were feeding low down and above the first of the House Martins and long with a couple of Barn Swallows. Having reached the large, bare tree and found the solitary Collared Dove we heard, then watched, a couple of Bee-eaters come to rest in the top of the tree. A pair of Wood Pigeons took of and disappeared upstream and the next warbler was a beautiful, singing Blackcap.
|Red-rumped Swallow Golondrina Daurica Hirundo daurica|
Making our way slowly back to the start we spent considerable time watching an Olivacious Warbler feeding in front of us and not just a number of Spotless Starlings but the single male Common Kestrel than flew away above us. We may only have walked about 500 metres in total but what a lovely selection of birds for us to all enjoy on a warm, sunny morning with the very many Monk Parakeets flying and feeding all around us. And just to complete the list we even had a handful of Lesser Black-backed Gulls at the river's mouth.
Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove. Monk Parakeet, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House martin, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Bonelli's Warbler, Olivacious Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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