Tuesday 5 May 2020

Exploring upper Algarrobo Costa

Tuesday 5 May

Another lovely, clear, warm and sunny day so, once more, back up along the track upstream from Algarrobo Costa.  However, on this occasion, again accompanied by Jenny, w took our bicycles so that once a the motorway under-bridge we could explore the lanes beyond to try and find the large reservoir.

Right from the start numerous sightings of the local Monk Parakeets and House Sparrows but very soon also good numbers of Collared Doves and no shortage of Blackbirds.  Before long we were even seeing regular sightings of both Serin and Goldfinch.

Working our way upstream no sign of the local Pallid Swifts but plenty of House Martins and only a few, later on, Barn Swallows.  I heard the purring telephone call so stopped and spent time checking the same bare tree as yesterday and eventually found a pair of Turtle Doves.  Lovely!

Turtle Dove Tortola Europea Streptopelia turtur

On the path ahead of me a single White Wagtail was foraging and then, towards the top, where the water seemed to be flowing once again in the now small stream, a pair of feeding Red-rumped Swallows.  Under the motorway the Crag Martins were to be seen once again and then on up the road to take the track that kept to the riverside.  High overhead a handful of Common Swifts were seen.  However, no sign of a reservoir and as we made our way back I stopped to check at the gated entrance to research station and was informed, as I expected, that the water was part of an irrigation reservoir but there was way of visiting , or even seeing, the water from public access.

Feeding Monk Parakeets Cotorra Argentina Myiopsitta monachus

Working our way back down to the main road we could not but notice the high number Monk Parakeets and then we also added more Spotless Starlings and our "friendly" Wood Pigeon, maybe the same individual as seen yesterday and posing in the sale tree as the nearby Turtle Dove.

Woodpigeon Paloma Torcaz Columba palumbus

Birds seen:
Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.

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