Friday, 25 September 2020

Zapata

 Friday 25 September

A quick trip into Malaga gave me the opportunity to spend forty-five minutes driving around the Zapata tracks alongside the Guadalhorce upstream from the city's airport.  Not a lot to be seen.  Initially, about a dozen Goldfinch and half that number of House Sparrows along with a couple of Collared Doves.  However, checking the fenced area opposite the reed bed which had been recently mown, I did find something worth noting.  First a couple of Crested Larks followed by a small, mixed group of feeding finches including Grreenfinch and Serin.  But, best of all, a couple of relatively close Whinchat.

Whinchat Tarabilla Nortena Saxicola rubetra

Nothing to be seen until reaching the ford where a lone Little Egret was feeding a little upstream near the weir with a close-by Moorhen and then I watched a Buzzard fly low past me and try to alight on a grassy reed without success, whereupon it flew and landed just out of sight on the far side of the ford.  A little further on a single male Blackbird and that was it.  Just the eleven species recorded in the short period but, by jove, it was hot.

Buzzard Busardo Ratonero Buteo buteo

Birds seen:

Little Egret, Buzzard, Moorhen, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Whinchat, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Record shot through the windscreen showing suercillium of Wheatear


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