A beautiful sunny start to the day with clear blue skies and only the occasional cold gust of wind so what better way to celebrate the improved weather than spend the morning down at the Guadalhorce in Malaga. Welcomed by the resident Collared Doves as I arrived at 9.50 (well, I did have to look for a post box on the journey down from the mountain) I had no sooner walked up to the riverside path than a perching Kestrel on the opposite bank gave me the once-over as I continued on to the footbridge. Here, as expected, I found a couple of Red-rumped Swallows patrolling the immediate area. I thought that they might be the only members of this species but I was to be proved wrong as many more were seen over the pools and fields to the back of the reserve. A lone Little Egret was found up stream from the bridge and as I left the bridge a rather handsome pair of Linnets put in a short appearance.
|White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus
The journey down to the Sea Watch produced both Corn Bunting and Crested Larks along with more Serins and Goldfinches plus the first Chiffchaffs of the day. A single White Wagtail was feeding on the fenced area to the right and another on the beach to the east along with a Kentish Plover. Out at sea a total of twenty-nine Common Scoters was counted along with a small number of Yellow-legged and a couple of Lesser Blacked-Gulls. Meanwhile, almost below me, a single Slender-billed Gull was resting with eight Black-headed Gulls.
|Slender-billed Gull Gaviota Picofina Larus genei
After noting the handful of Black-winged Stilts and the missing member of the wintering trio of juvenile Flamingos along with another Greenshank in the Rio Viejo, calling in at the above hides on the return journey I managed to add a Redshank at the Wader Pool and a Moorhen at the Laguna Casillas. However, the main attraction here whilst watching the hirundines was the appearance of three Pallid Swifts at a very low level feeding within metres of the water.
|Whiskered Tern Fumeral Cariblanco Childonias hybrida
So that was the end of the morning's visit as I had to get back home to meet the builders who were due to start work on the house repairs - but not before a final fly-pass by a trio of screaming Monk Parakeets which brought the morning's tally up to 45 species.
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Common Scoter, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Pallid Swift, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
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