|Hoopoe Upupa epops|
Sunday 26 September
An hour to spare before driving into Velez Malaga to collect Jenny from church so took the opportunity to pay a first visit to Las Campanuelas, on the other side of the motorway from the local golf course, since before June last. Hot and sunny with just a little thin, scattered cloud and everything dry and dusty. No sooner reached my parking spot and a Barn Swallow on the wire and as I started my walk towards the spring recorded both Hoopoe and Crested Lark.
Once at the spring area counted no less the 32 Collared Doves on the wires in front along with a couple of Spotless Starlings. Almost immediately joined by a Blackbird and a few House Sparrows. Once across the road and on my anti-clockwise circuit a few Goldfinch followed by a Black Redstart. Next up both Sardinian Warblers and Great Tits before coming across a feeding Blue Tit and many more Crested Larks.
|Crested Lark Galerida cristata|
The bottom end of the circuit produced a couple of Stonechat and as I approached the road I picked out a distant Buzzard above the far side which had, presumably, been disturbed by the passing cyclists. And that was just about it until I spotted the Spotted Flycatcher as I approached the car.
|Stonechat Saxicola torquatus|
Buzzard, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.