|Greenshank Tringa nebularia|
Tuesday 10 May
With just over an hour to occupy myself whilst Jenny met up with a friend in Torre del Mar I took myself off down to the Rio Velez and straight to the hide overlooking the newly-created lagoon to replace the meadow in front of said hide. Approaching the hide I recorded House Sparrow, Blackbird, Spotless Starling and Serin. Once settle inside very apparent that the water is either being quickly evaporated or slowly draining way as level were down almost a foot since last week’s visit. Nevertheless, still plenty of waders to be seen starting with the Ringed Plover and Dunlin immediately on front of me.
|Dunlin Calidris alpina|
Checking the greater area, I recorded a Greenshank almost opposite me behind the island and a second at the far end to my right. Common Redshanks were readily available and still at least half-a-dozen Dunlin on site. With both Pallid Swifts and a handful of House Martins feeding above the water I next picked up a pair of Black-winged Stilts. It was lovely to find a single Sanderling but upon visiting the beach far end of the lagoon I also note another couple more in summer plumage. Also at the far end a dozen Black-headed Gulls, more Dunlin and even a couple of Common Sandpipers.
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus|
Looking back up the river there were a few Mallards on show along with a quartet of Moorhen. Continuing on to walk back along the far side of the river I came across a pair of Collared Doves and there was no shortage of calling Reed Warblers along with the occasional Nightingale. A male Sardinian Warbler dashed across the path from bush to bush and a lone Barn Swallow glided past me overhead. Finally, as seems to be happening a lot these past few days, a Spotted Flycatcher put in an appearance and a Mallard on the upper river brought up 22 species in a bare hour.
|Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula|
Mallard, Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Pallid Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin
|Sleeping Greenshank Tringa nebularia|
|Summer plumage Sanderling Calidris alba|
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