|Crested Lark Galerida cristata|
Sunday 3 October
Whilst Jenny was in church I had an hour top visit Las Campinuelas concentrating, initially, on the muck heap area. Upon arriving at the muck heap I had already recorded my first of ten Blackbirds of the morning and a juvenile Woodchat Shrike was posed on top of the highest pile as on my last visit. All around the shrike many feeding Crested Larks plus a couple of Feral Pigeons. Checking the higher ground I came across five Spanish birders who were trying, unsuccessfully, to locate the long-staying Dotterel which first appeared last week but was seen yesterday. Now knowing the favoured area, I must go back on a week day without all the interruption from a mixture of dog walkers, motor bike scramblers and those flying their model aircraft.
|Juvenile Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator|
Moving on to the olive grove near the always flowing natural spring I passed a couple of Hoopoes and hen a lone Blue Rock Thrush resting on top of tone of the ruined buildings. Below me feeding in and near the pomegranate trees a number of Blackbirds, Blackcap and a single female Common Redstart. At the spring pool itself a small flock of House Sparrows. Returning to the car in order to drive back into Velez Malaga, a half-dozen were foraging ion the Olive trees immediately in front.
|Female Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus|
Having collected the lady wife we drove back along the coast road and dropped into Caleta Harbour to see if any gulls were present. There certainly were along with a very rough sea so no swimming this afternoon. The Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls seem to mainly keep within their respective species but between the two not just the expected pair of Sanderling but also a single Turnstone and two Oystercatchers. Then, walking back to the car, I noticed the pair of Little Egrets on the beach amidst the Yellow-legged Gulls.
|Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls but note both Oystercatcher and Sanderling|
Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Sanderling, Turnstone, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Common Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap. Woodchat Shrike, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.
|Turnstone Arenaria interpres turning the stone|
|Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus|
|Little Egretta Egretta garzetta|
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