Monday 22 May 2023

Lobres and the Rio Guadalfeo near Motril

 Saturday 20 May

After a suitable rest Steve and I drive over towards Motril and then walked upstream along the western bank of the Rio Guadalfe from Lobres. Pleasant afternoon but the promise of rain later as we made our way along the track noting both Hoopoe and Nightingales.  Above us Pallid Swifts and very many House Martins feeding over the large river pools. A single Little Egret and a Cormorant were noted and then the many Blackbirds and Spotless Starlings plus House Sparrows along with at least three Woodchat Shrikes.

Woodchat Shrike

Both Reed and Cetti's Warblers calling from the reeds below us and first a Linnet feeding on the seeds to our left then a pair of Red-rumped Swallows.  Just the one Cattle Egret but we also discovered a lone Mallard on the water.  Working our way back we had a couple of low-lying Crag Martins and then White Wagtail.  On top of the cliff to our left a lone Black Wheatear was surveying its territory and an Ibex made its way across the cliff face.


Once back at the car we noted a couple of Greenfinches as we made our departure and the drive back along Turtle Dove Alley at the back of the Charca de Suarez produced both a Kestrel and Woodpigeon with a circling Buzzard as e rejoined the main road back towards the motorway.  Only a very short visit but at least we were able to have some time in the Motril area with the Charca reserve being closed for the whole week-end.

Birds seen: 

Mallard, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Pallid Swift, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Nightingale, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Staling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.

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