|Garganey Cerceta Carretona Anas querquedula|
|(Iberian) Yellow Wagtail LavandraBoyera Motacilla flava|
At the pump house junction I had both Greenfinches and Serins along with a small number of House Sparrows before continuing on to the beach. Here all was very quiet and the terminal lagoon seems to have really stretched itself out providing some deep water. As well as more Moorhens, there were at least a pair of Coots but gulls were very much in absence. Indeed, during the whole morning I only saw less than a dozen Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
|Golden Plover Chorlito Dorado Pluvialis apricaria|
So on to the walk through the eastern growing fields to complete the circuit. What a surprise; a single Golden Plover posing in the the end field where winter flocks of these delightful plovers are usually found. Continuing on, a couple of Cattle Egrets, a single Zitting Cisticola, a flock of Spotless Starlings and a single Crested Lark. Back on the main track more Serins and a Hoopoe. Over the river, the Pallid Swifts were joined by a small number of Sand Martins and, approaching the car, once more the flock of mixed waders but this time also including Little Ringed Plovers and a single Redshank. Best of all though, the Garganey had reappeared and this time I was able to get a photograph of this shy bird before once again it beat a hasty retreat down river. Then, driving home, not only a good flock of Blue-headed Wagtails but a couple of Red-rumped Swallows.
|Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Grande Charadrius hiaticula|
|A curious Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris canutus|
|Heads down; feeding Sanderling Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris canutus with guests|
|The other side of our Golden Plover Chorlito Dorado Pluvialis apricaria|
|Mr & Mrs Serin Verdecillo Serinus serinus down for their morning ablutions|
|Hair washed, time to dry out for his female Serin Verdecillo Serinus serinus|
|The ever watchful Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator|
|Another look at the gorgeous Garganey Cerceta Carretona Anas querquedula at the Rio Velez|
Mallard, Garganey, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Hoopoe, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Nightingale, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti's Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch and Goldfinch.
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