|Departing Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops|
Immediately, in addition to the resident Rock Doves, we had a pair of Black-winged Stilts a few metres up from the road bridge, a number of Moorhen and a resting Kestrel in the trees opposite. Three restless Mallards flew over whilst a number of White Wagtails occupied the river bank. Needless to say there were scores of Chiffchaffs all over the place and before long we had both heard and seen Cetti's Warblers. No sooner had we set off again than a Hoopoe decided that it was time to show itself.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
Looking towards the river we had a number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the air with a single Cormorant and as we approached the river's terminal lagoon we could see a t least a dozen Mediterranean Gulls resting on the water. Out at sea, not far off the coast, was a reasonable-sized raft of mixed gulls, mainly Yellow-legged and Mediterranean Gulls but with a few Lesser Black-backs. Meanwhile, immediately in front of us, about a dozen Sanderling took to the air but eventually settled on the beach, obviously disturbed by the number of people walking the edge of the sea.
|Sanderlings Correlimos Tridactilo Calidris alba|
Walking the eastern fields produced a trio of very pale Crested Larks and then a large flock of Spotless Starlings. however, as soon as the latter took off we noticed the seventeen Golden Plovers flying above them. Very restless birds these and they seemed to spend a considerable time circling and looking for a suitable resting field.
|Goldfinch Jilguero Carduelis carduela|
What could he possibly be doing? I have no idea and as there was no sign of any Chardonnay Trap for catching live birds to study, ring, weight, etc I can only speculate. I will make further enquiries and write a new blog when and if I get any answers and probable suggestions.
|Common Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago|
Meanwhile, the walk back to the car also produced the only Stonechat of the morning, a single Ringed Plover along with two of is smaller cousins and another Green Sandpiper plus our second Snipe. Finally, a little upstream of the road bridge where we had seen the Black-winged Stilts upon arrival, a solitary Cattle Egret was busy feeding on the river bank close to the water.
Barely two hours later we were setting off home having recorded 36 species in less than two hours.
Pictures taken by Stephen Powell with "Bird-catcher" to follow:
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
|Part of the 17-strong flock of Golden Plovers Chorlito Dorado Europeo Pluvialis apricaria|
Birds seen:Mallard, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Golden Plover, Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin and Goldfinch.
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