Sunday, 3 May 2020

Inland Algarrobo Costa

Sunday 3 May

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.

Birds seen:
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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