Had to vacate the premises today as Jenny had all her lady friends coming up for lunch. No objection on my past as it meant that I could spend an hour or so down at the Rio Velez then enjoy a leisurely Chinese on my own. Even better, just as I was finishing my meal and deciding what to have by way of a sweet when Steve and Elena Powell walked into the restaurant. As they say, that's my excuse for being home even later than I had intended. But no problem the ladies; they were still happily chatting away so here I am working on the blog.
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
First bird see was a Robin and many more were to be seen during the above walk. Moorhens presented themselves both singly and in groups and then, naturally, lots of sightings of White Wagtails. But I did also have a single Grey Wagtail. There were Chiffchaffs all over the place; here, there and everywhere but not a single Blackbird. On the river I found five Little Egrets and a rather scraggy-looking Grey Heron perched on a branch about two metres above the ground.
|Always a pleasure to find a Water Pipit Bisbita Alpino Anthus spinoletta|
In addition to the many Robins, the track also produced a number of Black Redstarts and Stonechats along with a mixture of Goldfinches and Serins but not in good numbers. The Spotless Starlings forever gathering on the pylons and wires eventually produced a couple of Common Starlings amongst their number. At this time of the year it is always worth having a quick scan to look for the "different-looking" starling. Just over an hour later I was off to the town for a meal and to try and find a suitable birthday present, so a total of 27 species seemed quite acceptable.
Mallard, Shoveler, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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