|"Pepe" the Superb Starling Lamprotornis superbus|
Off from the mountain at daybreak and up to Nerja to collect English birder Chloe Reeves from London so that we could spend a very full session at the Guadalhorce, Malaga plus a quick detour on the way home to the Malaga Golf Parador to see if "Pepe", the remaining Superb Starling, was still in residence. It was. As we left Nerja to head west there were scores of newly-arrived House Martins above the houses and the promised sunny day had yet to arrive, with much cloud and a cold breeze to see us on our way. A coldish start to our visit but as the morning progressed and the cloud broke up the day became quite warm and very pleasant. By the time we got back to Nerja we had had a very good biding day with 46 species recorded including to more for my year total to date, Gannet and Penduline Tit, and very pleasant company.
No sooner out of the car and we were greeted by a male Blackbird quickly followed by our first Robin and a small charm of Goldfinch. Little Egrets were seen on the river along with a couple of Coots and a male Sardinian Warbler was exploring the rocky bank. Making our way to the eastern canal and the Laguna Casillas we were very much aware of the comings and goings of the wintering Cormorants and the occasional Grey Heron.
|Mainly Common Pochard Porron Eeuropeo Aythya farina with the odd White-headed Duck Malvasia cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala at the Laguna Casillas|
|One of many Crag Martins to be seenAvion Roquero Ptyonoprogbne rupestris|
Walking down to the Sea Watch we had a small number of Black-headed Gulls above us and, upon arriving, we soon found a larger number of gulls, mainly Lesser Black-backed but also a fair number of Yellow-legged Gulls. Further out to sea, using the scope, we were able to watch a couple of adult Gannets busy feeding. A little closer to the shore we had a single Black-necked Grebe.
Returning to the Wader Pool we noted that the Black-winged Stilts were still present and had been joined by a Little Egret. Then, beautifully concealed, we were able to find the first of two Snipe. So on to the Laguna Escondida with a Crested Lark as we approached. Lots of White-headed Ducks here along with both Teal and Pochard but also both grebes and a few Coots and Chiffchaffs below us. But not just Chiffchaffs as they were joined by a female Penduline Tit.
|Common Teal Cerceta Comun Anas crecca|
|Common Sandpiper Andarrios Chico Actitis hypoleucos|
|"Where's our dinner?" Superb Staling Estornino Soberbio Lamprotornis superbus and male House Sparrow Gorrion Comun Passer domesticus|
|Monk Parakeet Cotorra Argentina Mylopsitta monachus at the Mirador Golf|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Crested lark, Crag Martin, House Martin, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Penduline Tit, Magpie, Spotless Starling, Superb Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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