Friday 7 February
A little later than anticipated but down at the local Rio Velez, Torre del Mar by 10.20 and a pleasant 80 minutes walking down to the beach and back. All very quiet with no workers on the fields t my left and the river looking very muddy with some water following last week's heavy rain. A single Moorhen on the far side a handful of the resident Rock Doves to welcome me. Within minutes I was seeing many Blackbirds and all males. A flock of over forty Cormorants were using the tall trees as their day-time roost and a single Heron put in an appearance.
|A few of the tree-roosting Cormorants Cormoran Grande Phalacrocorax carbo
|Female Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ochruros
|Meadow Pipit Bisbita Pratense Anthus pratensis
Mallard, Shoveler, Gannet, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Kentish Plover, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Crested Lark, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch.
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