Sixteen of us at the Guadalhorce, Malaga this morning which marks the tenth anniversary since the very first meeting of the Axarquia Bird Group in October 2007. Perhaps we should have replicated that visit and visited the old railway track at Ventas de Zafarraya so, instead, will mark the occasion by visiting this mountain site next month.
Whist assembling at the entrance track up to the river we had a plentiful supply of Blackcaps in the nearby bushes and, overhead, it seemed a constant stream of the marauding and screaming Monk Parakeets. We could see a few resting Cormorants on the trees near the Laguna Grande and then, overhead, first a Barn Swallow followed by a handful of Crag Martins. House Sparrow, Spotless Starling and Collared Dove made up the introductory species. At this stage both Zitting Cisticola and Blackbird were also recorded.
|Juvenile Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus
And so onto the Escondida wheer we found White-headed Duck, Mallard, Pochard and Gadwall along with a number of Little Grebes and a regular crossing of the water over the full length by a number of Kingfishers. Were there as many as six present? A Robin put in an appearance to our left along with the site of our second Stonechat of the morning and loudly-calling Cetti's Warbler.
|Little Grebe Zampullin Comun Tachybaptus ruficollis
|Stonechats Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus
|Booted Eagle Aguililla Calzada Hieraaetus pennatus
Just received an udate from John so three more species to add to the list; Redshank, Sandwich Tern and Grey Wagtail. Updated total now 66 species.
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cory's Shearwater, Gannet, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Flamingo, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pergrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
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