|Lonely Sanderling Calidris alba (Steve Powell)|
|Redshank Tringa totanus (Steve Powell)|
On the other hand, Steve and Elena Powell were able to get down to the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar yesterday but, sadly, found the site very quiet with little of interest to be seen other than a most forlorn and lonely Sanderling all on its own. The bird was ringed and, judging by Steve's observations, the ring could have been fitted a little tighter as it seemed to be forever riding up and down the leg. Also present was a single Redshank but he did have a lovely fly-past from a small flock of Black-winged Stilts. Finally, on a cold and windy day, he also managed to record both an Iberian race Yellow Wagtail and a few Little Ringed Plovers.
|A selection of the Black-winged Stilts Himantopus himantopus in flight (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Nuthatch Sitta europaea|
Moving on to El Robledal, whilst no Short-toed Treecreeper was seen, there were loads of Nuthatches plus all the tit family; Longtailed, Crested, Coal, Blue and Great Tits. And, as an added bonus, they had a lovely clear view of a female Dartford Warbler.
And to round off a great week, Pat and Eric were also able to get over to the Charca de Suarez Reserve and have a clear sighting of both the male and female Little Crake. Here's to next week. Happy Easter one and all!
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