Out of the house before 8.30 this morning with the use of the car fr a couple of hours before being back on the mountain to let jenny go to her Spanish class. Times like this that you miss having the second car. no sooner round the corner from the drive and the resident Thekla Larks came out on to the track to see me on my way accompanied by a single Sardinian Warbler and then a male Blue Rock Thrush. Then followed tow surprises, one very large. Only on very few and far between occasions do I find a Backbird on the upper slopes of our mountain but it was certainly the first time since arriving here eleven years ago that I have recorded a Wren. What on earth was little Jenny doing up here so high unless she was taking a breather from some lesser or greater migration?
|Green Sandpiper Andarrios Grande Tringa ochropus|
|Pair o f recently arrived Dunlin Correlimos Comun Calidris alpina|
|Young Green Sandpiper with very white front?|
Arriving at the hide I found the rest of the resident Rock Doves who were busy feeding and drinking in the area along with a large flock of Spotless Starlings. I even had a five Collared Doves and, on many occasions, I can visit here and not see a single specimen of this bird. Just the one Zitting Cisticola but a good number of Serins. Then I hit upon the feeding Willow Warblers below me to the left. There were also a small number of House Sparrows and the occasional Goldfinch. Thinking I had photographed the latter feeding with te Willow Warblers you can imagine my surprise when, on enlarging the photograph, I found myself looking at a Penduline Tit with its long tail.
|Penduline Tit Pajaro Moscon Remiz pendulinus|
|Willow Warbler Mosquitero Musical Phylloscopus trochilus|
Also seen on the river was a single,and very handsome, Blue-headed Wagtail whilst resting on the wires I recorded my only Spotted Flycatcher of the day. Also, late in the visit, I was joined by a trio of Little Egrets. Departing the hide I drive slowly down the track and under the bridge to park and look at the river bed just upstream from the old metal bridge. A good number of Collard Doves drinking, far more than you normally see flocked together, and then a single, feeding Hoopoe with another couple moving about on the far side. The small mixed finch flock feeding below me were mainly House Sparrows but also a number of Greenfinches. By now not only had I just about run out of time but t was becoming very hot so I set off for home and duly recorded a single Red-rumped swallow.
|This Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops was busy feeding without a care in the world|
Back up the mountain and the Thekla Larks were still about but had by now also been joined by some of the Bee-eaters that have been with us for the past week or so.
|The Collared Dove Tortola Turca Streptopelia decaocto looks immaculate after its early morning ablutions. Now if only the year was 1964!|
Mallard, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Willow Warbler, Penduline Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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