Thursday 24 May 2018

Velez de Benaudalla

23 May 2018

Having left the other members of the Axarquia Bird Group to drive oer to Velez de Benaudalla to meet the Endesa technician, I arrive almost an hour early so time to spend a little time at the picnic site.  Lots of fast running water but, unfortunately, no sign of the breeding Dippers.  On the other hand I did have my first Spotted Flycatchers of the year and a couple of Golden Orioles were calling in the trees above me.  As expected, many Chaffinches in the picnic site and over the water feeding Barn Swallows and House Martins.  Lovely to see a pair of White Wagtails as most have now left us for the summer but also a pair of Grey Wagtails feeding on the river edges.  Having seen a Nightingale far higher in a tree than I would expect, I next had a foraging individual in the very dark shade.  A mouth full of lovely, succulent food so a nest of youngsters somewhere close by.

Rear view of male Chaffinch Pinzon Vulgar Fringilla coelebs
Rather distant Grey wagtail Lavandera Cascadena Motacilla cinerea
Nightingale Ruisnor Comun Luscinia megarhynchos in tree and shadow

Birds seen in the short visit:
Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Nightingale, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin
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