Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Algarrobo Costa

Female Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

 Tuesday 19 January

It would seem that my winter walks up and back along the Rio Algarrobo, with the usual diversion on the return leg to take me past the local sewage works, will always produced about eighteen species chosen from a total of less than twenty-five. Today's nineteen species included Common Starling and Goldfinch but neither Blackcap nor Grey Wagtail.

Not so many starlings today and the Chiffchaffs were recorded right at the very end.  On the other hand, an early Cattle Egret during the outer walk but only a single at the actual sewage works where I would normally expect at least four individuals.  Similarly, White Wagtail numbers seem to be reducing whereas Blackbirds are on the increase.

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis

Birds seen:

Cattle Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Serin Serinus serinus

Hoopoe Upupa epops with Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis behind

Hoopoe on the move

Common Starlings Sturnus vulgaris

Common S.vulgais Spotless Starlings Sturnus unicolor

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