Monday, 18 May 2020

Another Algarrobo river walk

Sunday 17 May

Whilst the weather was dry, abut the possibility of more light rain, I took the opportunity to take a morning walk once more up the Rio Algarrobo as far as the motorway then back home via the mouth of the river itself.  Once in the spinney at the start of the walk a ready supply of both Collared Doves and Monk Parakeets.  Always a few House Sparrows about and the first Blackbird of the morning before getting a clear sight of the apartment blocks on the far side of the river which duly produced a good number of Pallid Swifts.

Spotted Flycatcher papamoscas Gris Muscicapa striata

A Spotted Flycatcher was on the fence near the picnic area and soon many feeding House Martins feeding over the river but only a handful of Barn Swallows.  Just as yesterday, a single Bee-eater resting high up in the dead tree on the far bank and, on my side, the first Greenfinch and Goldfinches of the morning.

Greenfinch Verderon Comun Carduelis chloris

All then relatively quiet until, passing a good number of House Sparrows, I finally reached the motorway bridge and found a pair of the nesting Crag Martins.  Working my way back down the river more Monk Parakeets, a few Spotless Starlings and a score or more of Common Swifts before a handful of Serin and the Bee-eater was still in the tree with both Collared Doves and a juvenile Wood Pigeon for company.  A single White Wagtail was on a wires above the lower weir and then it was on down the footbridge at the mouth of the river where I found a couple of Rock Doves and a singe Little Ringed Plover.

White Wagtail Lavandera Blanca Motacilla alba

Birds seen:
Little Ringed Plover, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

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