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