|Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus|
A lovely start to the day even if somewhat breezy up here on the mountain. However, by the time I arrived at the Rio Velez at 9.45 following necessary last-minute shopping it was gloriously warm and hardly a breeze at all. The r4cent rain had not only freshened up the river but also raised the water level a little and presented a good-sized, muddy puddle to drive through to reach my usual parking soot just beyond the last road bridge in readiness for the walk down to the beach and back via the new hide. As usual, I was greeted by the resident Rock Doves who were out if force along with a good number of Mallards, the first of two Little Egrets and the same with the Grey Heron. The single Cattle Egret seen was perched very high in the top of one of the riverside trees. Not so many White Wagtails about but still plenty of Chiffchaffs darting here, there and everywhere.
|A trio of Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba on the Rio Velez|
|One of the Golden Plover Chorlito Dorado Europeo Pluvialis apricaria pair|
|Record shot of Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta in background|
|Best effort at trying to capture a Meadow Pipit Bisbita Pratense Anthus pratensis near the hide|
|A very wide-awake Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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