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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