Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Velez de Benaudalla

 Friday 8 October

Time for a visit to the picnic area on the Rio Guadalfeo below Velez de Benaudalla so that we can see what is about and take a walk downstream.  The obvious answer was very little to be seen or heard other than a handful of both House Sparrows and Chaffinches.  But the walk was enjoyable in the sun but with the provided shade by the tree on the river bank.

Rio Guadalfeo below Velez de Benaudalla

Making our way back, first a Blackbird them once aback at the picnic area, a Grey Wagtail and more Chaffinches.  Foraging in the nearby trees both Great and Blue Tit.

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Taking the car back along the entry track to the main road we made our way down to the water control where I found both Coot and Moorhen along with another Grey Wagtail.  It would also appear to be the time of day for the local Terrapins to take thieir daily rest!

A host of Terrapins Mauremys leprosa

Further on down the road to take another riverside track before our walk which produced a male Stonechat followed by a pair of Mallard on the river itself.  Finally, a movement in front of the cliff to my left drew attention to the male Kestrel which then landed and remained long enough for a distant photograph.

Very distant Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Just the dozen species but at least a break from the work sorting out our move into the apartment.

 Birds seen:

Mallard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Chaffinch.

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