Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Caleta de Velez

Wednesday 22 February

A very early evening walk along the coast to the fishing harbour produced a very useful 14 species.  Arriving near the port, Jenny and I had screeching Monk Parakeets in the trees behind us along with both Blackbird and Spotless Starling on the neighbouring roofs.  Both Collared and Rock Doves were also present.

In the marina a small number of mainly Black-headed Gulls and, at the back, a quintet of Razorbill sheltering from the rough sea.  On the fenced-off beach just outside the harbour a gathering roost of mainly Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls along with many Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Resting with the on the stones was a single Little Egret and on the beach a solitary Little Stint busily feeding along the shore line and amidst the roosting gulls.

Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta with Yellow-legged Gulls Gaviota patiamarilla Larus michahellis

A walk out to the red lighthouse gave views over the sea where yet more gulls were resting and a returning fishing boat was swamped with scavenging gulls and at least a quintet of Gannets.  Returning to the harbour and the walk back home we noticed that a pair of Turnstones had arrived to  feed amongst the gulls resting on the stone wall.

Birds seen:
Gannet, Little Egret, Little Stint, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Razorbill, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Blackbird, Spotless Starling.


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