Saturday 17 April
Sunshine, clear skies, no wind and warm weather following our three days of rain. What better reason to take a walk up the local Rio Algarrobo where the dry riverbed has once more been turned into a rapid, flowing river. Indeed, too much over the ford to all ow me to cross and even deeper up beyond the motorway!
|Cars only across the ford!|
No sooner into the activity area than a number of Collared Doves plus a pair of Bonelli's Warblers. The first Blackbird of the morning dashed through the trees and once out into the ore open woodland a few Greenfinches as I watched a handful of Spotless Starlings flying upstream. Three horses were tethered on the green, river bank and to keep them company a single Cattle Egret hoping for a tasty snack to be uncovered. A Serin flew into the nearby tree and I continued onwards and upwards.
|Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis befriending a local pony in the hope for a tit-bit.|
More Greenfinches and House Sparrows as I approached the weir and it was obvious that two days rain higher up the valley had made a significant impact on the previously completely dry river.
|No shortage of water over the weir|
Before long I was seeing more House Sparrows and Greenfinches which, in turn , were joined by the first of many Goldfinch. A second Cattle Egret was found resting on top of an electricity pylon and, having noted how deep the water flowing over the ford had become, I made my way up to the motorway underpass.
|Resting Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris under the motorway|
Passing under I noted the solitary resting Crag Martin before continuing on alongside the fast-flowing river. A movement ear the water's edge drew my attention and I was rewarded with the sight of a Green Sandpiper.
|Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus|
Time for a quick look upstream from the ford across the track but now not even a chance of jumping from stone to stone to across the stream so started on my return journey. Over the hidden reserve I had note Barn Swallows on the outward journey and ow I had a regular aerial display from the feeding Common Swifts. Making my way back to the starting point I noted a Wood Pigeon and then a handful of Monk Parakeets gathering yet more nesting material in the activity area before a Rock Dove was also recorded.
|Cross the river if you dare - in trainers|
Cattle Egret, Green Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Blackbird, Bonelli's Warbler, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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