Afternoon visit postpone so I took off down to the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar to see if the White Stork was still about, arriving at 2.30 and staying for a about ninety minutes during which the weather was very still; calm and cloudy. After all, why should I be the only one not see the stork and I live the nearest!
|Part of the resident Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba flock
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta
It soon became evident as I started to walk down to the new hide that Mallard numbers were well up on normal with at least a couple of dozen on the lower river. Add on a pair of Shoveler and a couple of Little Egrets and I was ready for the arrival of the Cormorant flying upstream. Only the one flock of Sanderling on this occasion and they were tightly packed (how can they manage to feed like this?) on their own; a total of thirty-four individuals.
|Great Cormorant Cormoran Grande Phalacrocorax carbo
Meanwhile,on the track and on either side I was beginning to see regular sightings of both Black Redstart and Stonechat plus a single Zitting Cisticola. By now I had reached the hide and in front of me were at least thirty Coots plus a mixed flock of gulls on the main water, at this stage mainly Black-headed with a smaller number of Yellow-legged Gulls. A Goldfinch disappeared in to the nearby remains of the bamboo where he was joined by the remainder of his charm.
|Common Starlings Estornino Pinto Sturnus vulgaris at the Rio Velez
Not having seen the White Stork I decided to make my way back to the car and check upstream beyond the two road bridges. A whole bunch of Spotless Starlings were on the wires and pylons but they soon departed just leaving a handful behind. Imagine my surprise when checking out these birds and they all turned out to be Common Starlings. All this activity duly attracted the marauding seven Monk Parakeets and what a din they created. In the water I found a trio of Black-winged Stilts and a single Ringed Plover along with a Water Pipit and another Heron. A Hoopoe suddenly arrived in the bush in front, saw me on the other side and just as quickly looped off.
|Meadow Pipit Bisbita Pratense Anithus pratensis
|One of the marauding Monk Parakeets Cotorra Argentina Mylopsitta monachus
|Record shot of distant Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta
Mallard, Shoveler, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Hoopoe, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.
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