|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
Down to the local surgery, passing Thekla Larks and greeted by Common Swifts upon arrival, for a "Hancock" experince; well, not so much gven as having sucked out through the needle in readiness for a hospital visit in a fortnight's time. Anyway, job done without having to wait too long so took myself of down to the Rio Velez in Torre dl Mar to see what was (or was not!) about, arriving by 9.15. All the resdent Rock Doves under the bridge and in the trees on the opposite bank along with a female Moorhen her two well-grown younsters. Even a Common Sandpiper feeding below me. However, the main change was the massive drop in water levels with the river now a meandering steam with much exposed gravel and feeding possibilities.
The walk down to the beach and back took just over the hour and the overall impression was one of quality rather than quantity; what you might call a little of this a little of that. Yes, there was a steady supply of Barn Swallows feeding over the water but not in great numbers. No sooner had I started out than I noticed the two white bundles at the very top of the tall trees opposite which proved to be a couple of Little Egrets. Very high and exposed so, presumably, waiting for the oxygen masks to be lowered. Another Common Sandpiper and, confirmed on the return walk, a t least a trio of Green Sandpipers also feeding in the area. Close by a couple of Little Ringed Plovers and then a single Little Stint. It looks, at last, as if the waders have started to return and it got even better on the return journey.
|A lone Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta|
|Little Ringed Plover Chorltejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|One of a trio of Audouin's Gulls Gaviota de Audouin Larus audouinii on the Rio Velez lagoon|
|Up popped a Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops from the undergrowth|
|A single Redshank Archibebe Comun Tringa totanus at the Rio Velez|
Closer inspection revealed that not only was I looking at different birds but I had one of each; a Redshank and a Wood Sandpiper. Meanwhile, in addition to more Serins, a small number of Goldfinch, including many juveniles, had arrived to drink at the water's edge.
|The lonely Wood Sandpiper Andarrios Bastardo Tringa glareola|
else might be about. A pair of Hoopoes, more Monk Parakeets and feeding Barn Swallows but also a very busy Cetti's Warbler who seemed to have found its own little feeding station below a fallen tree at the water's edge. Also feeding in the same place another pair of Blue-headed Wagtails and a small number f White Wagtails.
|The resting male Blackbird Nirlo Comun Turdus merula - or was he just appreciating the sun?|
|Blue-headed Wagtail Lavandera Boyera Motacilla flava iberiae (Yellow Wagtail of the iberian race)|
|Record shot of Cetti's Warbler Ruisenor Bastardo Cettia cetti feeding in the shade|
|Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria butterfly|
Just over an hour later I made my way home as the temperature continued to chase up the the thermometer scale and was greeted by House Martins in Los Romanes, more Thekla Larks and a Kestrel on the track and a noisy greeting from the feeding Bee-eaters upon my arrival at Casa Collado. Quite a pleasant couple of hours all told and 33 species recorded.
Little Egret, Kestrel, Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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