Lovely clear, warm and sunny day - at last, so off down to the local Rio Velez just west of Torre del mar for a couple of hours. All very green from the damp conditions and lack of any real, consistent rain over the winter has meant that the river bed is much overgrown with reeds, weeds and goodness knows what else. Parking above the road bridge I soon had sightings of both Grey Wagtail and Green Sandpiper before starting the walk down river, under the road bridges and on to the sea and back. Before reaching the bridges I had also added a couple of White Wagtails.
Lots of resident Rock Doves about and a couple of Mallard "hiding" in the narrow water channel along with the odd Moorhen. Both male and female Blackbirds were recorded and then the first Zitting Cisticola of the morning. Approaching the hide a number of Cormorant put in an appearance as they came in off the sea to refresh themselves in the fresh water. Both Collared Doves and Heron were recorded and on meeting a Spanish birding friend was informed that the local Spanish birders had seen both a Common Gull and Kittiwake this morning at the Caleta de Velez fish harbour.
|Female Serin Verdecillo Serinus serinus
|Female Kestrel Cernicalo Vulgar Falco tinnunculus
|Cattle Egret Garcilla Bueyera Bubulcus ibis
|Four of the five Razorbill Alca Comun Alca torda off Caleta de velez
Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Razorbill, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Grey wagtail, White wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Serin, Goldfinch
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