|Cormorant Cormoron Grande Phalacrocorax carbo
Parking up I was immediately greeted by a roosting Cattle Egret with its white coat standing out against the greenery of the opposite bank. Wandering along immediately in front a single Little Ringed Plover followed by a Moorhen with both the resident Rock Doves and a pair of £drying" Cormorants in the trees above. The first of many Blackbirds flew past and, in doing so, directed my attention to a pair of Mallards.
So on down towards the hide with many stops and soon passing the first of a number of Grey Herons which, on this occasion, seemed happy to remain rather than dash away downstream. A Little Egret flew upstream towards me and ere long I had another pair in view. Not just Little Ringed but also Greater Ringed Plovers feeding next to the river alongside many White Wagtails and a single Grey Wagtail.
|Just the one Grey Wagtail Lavandera Cascadena Motacilla cinerea
To my right a couple of Crested Larks in the fields and a few small jobs including Greenfinch and Goldfinch with one individual of the latter species having just completed his morning ablutions judging by the state of his feathers. Still plenty of Chiffchaffs about and Cetti's Warbler both seen and heard.
|A rather wet looking Goldfinch Jiguero Carduelis carduelis
No sign of last week's Spotted Crake but Common Coots present along with more Little Ringed Plovers and a single Common Sandpiper. A small flock of Spotless Starlings passed overhead and, in the distance, I could see a number of Yellow-legged Gulls in the air. The first of a few Stonechats posed nearby and I was able to capture a shot of the female.
|Female Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus
Arriving at the hide I quickly found a few House Sparrows and then a rather handsome male Black Redstart along with a couple of Serins. More Coots on the upper end of the lagoon and the sight of another Heron and a couple of Little Egrets resting in a tree on the opposite bank. A Meadow Pipit put in a very brief appearance but then all was disturbed by the walkers who insist on following the bank of the river and so disturbing all bird life.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta
|Penduline Tit Pajaro Moscon Remiz pendulinus with a great hunger
|One of the pair of Hoopoes Abubilla Upupa epops seen upstream
Mallard, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Wren, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Penduline Tit, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|One of many Grey Herons Garza Real Ardea cinerea
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