Bermejales: Tuesday 29th July
Quite hot (40C), but with breezes off of the embalse. En route seeing Collared Doves, Spotless Starlings, House Sparrows, Magpies, Blackbirds and a few Crested Larks.
|Blue Tit Herrerillo Comun Parus caeruleus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Around me the "peeping" of a family of Coal Tits was heard, along with a single Blue Tit and another hundred metres on a Crested Tit was noted and a Kestrel was heard but not sighted. On my way back to the car, I found a couple of very young scorpions (Buthus occitanicus) - no more than 15mm long, then stood and watched a Melodious Warbler feeding.
Sitting back under the pines we watched a White Wagtail feeding along the water´s edge and the air was filled with the calls of House Martins and Barn Swallows and then a lone Common Swift came into view - I thought all these birds had left the area, as they have been missing from Salar since last Wednesday 23rd July. A Little Ringed Plover flashed past, probably having being disturbed by some bathers further along the waters edge and two Crossbills passed overhead. We left the embalse, but not before seeing a Yellow-legged Gull sat atop the dam tower.
|Young Scorpion Buthus occitanicus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
We stopped for a while at the Cacin dam lake, where the water level had left some mud exposed. Mostly Mallard and Common Coots which were put up by a Booted Eagle circling over the lake, and in the branches of the dead trees - over the other side of the lake - we found some more Bee-eaters, White Wagtails and a Magpie. Lots more hirundines here among them more Common Swifts and a very small swift (possibly Pallid) but not good enough sighting to verify that. As we neared the slip road off to Salar, a Common Buzzard was seen.
Not a big count, but an enjoyable day by the water.
Sound like a very pleasant morning to me John.
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