Monday, 16 November 2015

Rio Velez, Torre del Mar, Malaga Province.

A look around the Quiet river Mouth at Rio Velez.


I had an hour or so to have a quick look around the Beach areas of the site but things were generally quiet, on and around the beach pool and reed beds I found Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackcap (CurrucaCapirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo /Erithacus rubecula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and out to sea there were Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus). In the same area I had Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea). Other species included African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Large White (Pieris brassicae), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis) and Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa).
As we drove home we also saw Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).

Photographs from the top:  A view up the river showing all the rubbish in the water, Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea).

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