Thursday, 12 April 2018

Rio Guadalhorce, Villanueva del Trabuco, Malaga Province.

A short walk along the river on the edge of town.

I took Jayne over to the Amigas de Casa meeting in Trabuco and whilst she was in there I went for a walk along the river just opposite. I soon started the list off with Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus). 
A bit further along the track there was a small waterfall and I spent a while scanning the trees there picking up Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and a flyover Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus). 
Further along the track in a large Oak tree I was surprised to find at least a dozen Siskin's (Lúgano / Carduelis spinus) feeding and as I walked back along the track I found another couple of pairs in the newly leafing Ash trees.
As I walked back towards the bar where Jayne's meeting was I boosted the list by seeing Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and just as I got back to the road a pale phase Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) flew over.

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