Thursday 30 September
Message from my friend Chris this morning to inform me that a Dotterel and kettle of Black Stork had been recorded at nearby Las Campinuelas yesterday (late) afternoon so decided to get in the car and head off for same. This time I did not park up and walk the circuit, rather I drove to the muck heap so that I could check out the barren, open land (plus the muck heap) by using the car as a hide. As I entered the area a quartet of Cattle Egrets on the wires watching the harrowing and a Blackbird crossed the road. Once at the muck heap I watched as a number of Crested Larks made a hasty departure but there, on the top, a very patient juvenile Woodchat Shrike which was happy to pose and have its photograph taken.
|Juvenile Woodchat Shrike|
|Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe|
More Northern Wheatears before finding a close, long-resting Whinchat giving a better photo opportunity. back to the muck heap which was now hosing a couple of Yellow Wagtails.
|Whinchat Saxicola rubetra|
rather than return the same way I headed up along the Velez Malaga road to take the Algarrobo camino to check out the spring that I normally visit soon after the start of a "normal" walk round the site. More Blackbirds but the three pomegranate trees to the far side contained over-fresh fruit and sitting in the middle a young or female Spectacled Warbler. Even better, concealed behind some dry twigs at the bottom of the tree, I found my first Wryneck of the year. And returning to the car a Sardinian Warbler joined the others.
|Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata|
And so back home with a smile on my face to greeted by the ever-present Monk Parakeets.
|Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava|
Cattle Egret, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blackbird, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Crested Lark Galerida cristata|
|Two more shots of same Whinchat Saxicola rubetra|
|Our juvenile Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator|
|It may be it's the early bird that catches the worm but this Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava did alright with a flying insect!|
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