A side comment which is being reflected from reports within the Med. Spain sector and also the Cantabrian coast : where are the Balearic Shearwaters? I've not seen one yet. Any reports with site and numbers will be most welcome.
Now to more pleasant news from Almería where Dave, Gilly and the Arboleas group ventured out on a chilly morn - it was unpleasantly cold and windy here in Torremolinos too - and visited the río Almanzora and Vera with a stop in Villaricos for what sounds like a much needed coffee. Herewith Dave's report (not tardy today, Dave!). I just hope it's less windy and rather warmer when I hope to be down at the Guadalhorce tomorrow morning.
Boy, was there a chilly wind above the Old Ford, Rambla de Almanzora when Gilly and I and 9 other members of the Arboleas Birding Group met up there this morning! Before most had arrived, we'd already ticked off (meaning = noted, not annoyed!) Stonechat, Black Redstart, Kestrel, Robin and a passing Grey Heron. Down on the pools in the Rambla we saw Mallards, Black-winged Stilts, Redshank, Green and Common Sandpipers, Kentish and Ringed Plover and Water Pipits amongst the numerous White Wagtails. We walked towards the Salination Plant, adding Little Ringed Plover and Grey Wagtail. The area around the small sewage works was unusually devoid of birds apart from Coot and Moorhen in the concrete gully. Small birds seen were Serin, Greenfinch, Blackbird and loads of Chiffchaffs. With numb fingers we retreated to Villaricos village for coffee.