Wednesday, 24 February 2016

La Linea, Gibraltar and the Malaga Coast.

A walk around La Linea Market, a quick visit over the boarder and the a drive home with a couple of stops on the way.

We left our hotel in Sanlucar and headed off South towards La Linea, on the way we had Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) two of which nearly bounced of the front of the car when they flushed up from the verge, Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
We arrived at La Linea and had a hour or so around the market before popping quickly on to Gib to go to Morrison's to get a few bits.
We were on and off in just over an hour and headed along the coast towards home, our first stop was for lunch and was followed by a short walk along the coast near El Faro where we looked for waders on the beach. It was windy and the tide was high and most of the rocks were covered so birds were few and far between, in fact we only had 2 Ruddy Turnstones (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) along with Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Once we were back at the car we made our way to Guadalhorce where I went and had a quick look at the beach and found 20 or so Common Scoters (Negrón Común / Melanitta nigra) down towards the far seawatch point along with Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and a flying Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis).

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