Arroyo Marin: 5th April 2013
Overcast and very wet at times.
We were over in Trabuco, so we ventured over to the Marin at Archidonna. The rain had steadied to a drizzle and we never came off the main track as the fields and groves below were saturated and full of mud.
Our first views were of two Red-legged Partridges and several Chaffinches. A Wryneck called from my left but we never got to see it. We drove down to the first concrete ford - here the mud and silt was across the road - but we did get Wren, Blackcap, Rock Bunting and Cirl Bunting here.
|Grey Wagtail Lavandera Cascadena Motacilla cinerea (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Then further down at the ruin on the bad corner Jenny found our first Nightingale of the year. Also here we saw Grey Wagtail, Crossbills, Serins, Great Tits and a Blue Tit. At the next ford the road has been washed away, so we retraced our steps to our usual picnic area - this is generally a
very good place for Hawfinches and we were not disappointed as we located three birds. Then a Nightingale started singing here, but this time we never found it. A few Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves with a mixing of Azure-winged Magpies and our first Common Cuckoo was heard.
|Hawfinch Picogordo Coccothraustes coccothraustes (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
With the heavens opening and the sky a menacing black we headed back for Salar, en route seeing Spotless Starlings, a Southern Grey Shrike, a Corn Bunting and several Barn Swallows.
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