We met up with Brian and Mary in Arboleas and they followed us down to the rambla of the Rio Almanzora. We joined just passed the entrance to the Desert Springs Golf Complex. Gilly and I saw Southern Grey Shrike, Kestrel, Blackbirds and Blackcaps on our way down to the ford. Brian and Mary did a bit better, seeing Little Owl, a very late Woodchat Shrike and a Green Sandpiper.
At the beach, on the rocks, were some Audouin's Gulls, Little Egrets and Sandwich Terns. As we headed back to the vehicles 3 Cormorents flew over in formation.Near the vehicles was a track. Gilly spotted another possible Bluethroat. As we were trying to relocate it a small bird disappeared into a small shrub actually on the path. The shrub was only a few inches high and about 18" in diameter so we knew we'd see the bird again. Sure enough it appeared again. A pale and black striated warbler. Knew it wasn't a Zitting Cisticola by its appearence and its skulking jizz. In birding circles it isn't, for some reason, good form to carry a bird guide with you, so it wasn't till we got home that it was positively identified as an Aquatic Warbler. The Collins map shows that it is supposed to migrate through our area. A lifer for all of us!