Tuesday 28 February 2017

Caleta de Velez

Tuesday 28 February

last day of the month and a public holiday.  Lovely warm sunshine albeit  more than a little on the breezy side, so Jenny and I took ourselves off for a walk down to Caleta de Velez.  On arrival  a few Rock and Collared Doves along with single Blackbird and White Wagtail.  The sea was decidedly choppy to say the least but hundreds of resting gulls on the water.  Whilst the Monk Parakeets screeched away overhead a check on the beach revealed all four resident gulls of Mediterranean, Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-legged.  Whilst no sign of Razorbill, Black-necked or Great Crested Grebe, the single Common Gull had returned and was resting on the beach with the mainly Yellow-legged Gulls and, in near proximity, a quartet of Sanderling and a single Common Sandpiper.  Add on a small flock of Serin, a Spotless Starling and a few House Sparrows and quite a collection for a pleasant stroll.

Mediterranian Gull Gaviota Cabecinegra Larus melanocephalus (left) and Black-headed Gull Gaviota Reidora Larus ridibundus

Birds seen:
Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Blackbird, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin.

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