Tuesday 25 May 2021

Algarrobo Costa

Collared Dove Tortola Turca Streptopelia decaocto

 Tuesday 25 May 

Another beautiful, clear and sunny start to the day so chance for a relatively early walk u the nearby Rio Algarrobo where there is still a swift stream flowing down to the sea following the heavy rain last Sunday.  Monk Parakeets and Collared Doves at the start in the first treed area with the bowling facilities and as I approached the far end the first of four Spotted Flycatchers to be seen in the next hour.  Entering the more open area more Collared Doves along with a number of Blackbirds and a couple of Goldfinch.

Record shot of Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas Gria Muscicapa striata

 A Wood Pigeon was restring on the wires and as I made my way upstream a few Spotless Starling and numerous Barn Swallows along with regular House Martin sightings.  Up beyond the ford and the first House Sparrows and a single Crag Martin dashed upstream to, presumably, its nest under the motorway.  Round the corner and underneath the motorway and a White Wagtail was foraging in a large puddle but little else other than Barn Swallows and a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.  Lots of water at the upper ford beyond the hidden pool so a start on the return journey which produced another White Wagtail, Rock Dove and more Spotted Flycatchers.  However, it was lovely to also record a Red-rumped Swallow.  Approaching the end a sight of the local breeding Pallid Swifts and so back home for coffee.

Wood Pigeon Paloma Torcaz Columba palumbus

Birds seen:

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Pallid Swift, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.

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