Making the most of the new freedom and gorgeous weather, rather than walk the beach promenade I took myself inland and followed the Rio Algarrobo upstream until I reached the motorway. Virtually nobody about as the occasional dog-walk disappeared so able to enjoy the all the greenery and a welcome chance for the sight of some different birds that I have experience over the past seven weeks.
|A few of the feeding Pallid Swifts Vencejo Palido Apus pallidus|
I had hardly left the urbanisation and crossed the main road when I had my first Collared Dove and they seemed to be everywhere, counting at least 18 individuals. As soon as I was among the trees above the bank of the river I was pleasantly surprised to see a Spotted Flycatcher before I had gone fifty metres. On the concrete wall to my left a pair of Greenfinches and, of course, a continuous supply of House Sparrows. With a gap in the trees to my left I stopped to admire the feeding Pallid Swifts on the far side of the river above the apartment blocks and slightly further upstream a good number of House Martins feeding over the arable fields.
|Serin Verdecillo Serinua serinus|
Continuing along the track it was not long before I came across my first of a few Serins and then a small charm of Goldfinches. In addition I was also seeing a regular supply of Blackbirds, both foraging on the ground and moving freely about the trees and river bed. On the wires a couple of Spotless Starlings.
|Blackbird Mirlo Comun Turdus merula|
By now the local Barn Swallows had arrived along with the occasional House Martin and a look over the bank to the small stream that was left after the river had almost drained itself I was in time to see the rapidly departing Green Sandpiper. But the bird was seen again on my return journey and I managed to follow its flight and get a very distant shot.
|Distant Green Sandpiper Andarrios Grande Tringa ochropus|
As I walked back I was surprised to see a lone Monk Parakeet fly away from me and then, in the river below, a trio of White Wagtails flew away. All very rewarding and an ideal site to revisit in the coming days and weeks whilst I am restricted to birding within a kilometre of the house.
Green sandpiper, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Pallid Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Green finch, Goldfinch.
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