Wednesday 21 April
A short, forty-five minutes walk around Las Campinuelas produced a total of sixteen species along with the Pallid Swifts and House Martins already seen in Algarrobo Pueblo as I set out for the adjacent site. No sooner had I arrived than I had added Blackbird, Goldfinch and House Sparrow and as I set out on my anti-clockwise circular walk I soon also added Hoopoes and Collared Dove.
|Three Collared Doves Streptopelia decaocta
But why the very pale individual?
Near the old ruins to the far right, just beyond the spring, a Red-legged Partridge was resting up against the fence. No sooner than I had seen the first pair of Crested Larks than i was to finally record a further dozen or more. Overhead Barn Swallows were flying around along with a number of Common Swifts.
|Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
No shortage of Spotless Starlings moving around the area totalling well over an hundred then the sight of a handful of Monk Parakeets feeding at the top of a couple of fig trees. In the sandy area around the scrambling area where most of the Crested Larks were found, a female Stonechat and a Corn Bunting. Crossing the road for the final walk I was aware of the Bee-eaters on the wires in front of me as a Tawny Pipit bid a hasty retreat immediately in front of me.
|Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Red-legged Partridge, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Tawny Pipit, Stonechat, Blackbird, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.