Without looking through my records, I guess a gathering of 17 members of the Arboleas Birding Group overlooking the Rambla de Almanzora this morning was nearly the maximum we've had on a day out. Sometimes we were stretched over a hundred metres or more so some at the front missed some birds seen at the rear and visa versa. There was a reasonable amount of water near to the ford but not anything too interesting. Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Ringed Plover and a 1st winter Yellow Wagtail. Further up we added Green Sandpiper. Some at the rear saw Spotted Flycatcher, Southern Grey Shrike and Hoopoe. Around the sewage farm there were a good number of Cattle Egrets and loads of Mallards. 3 female Shovelers were also on the small lake. A Southern Grey Shrike perched on the opposite fence and a small number of Common Sandpipers was seen. Kevin spotted a Little Ringed Plover. A small number of Red-rumped Swallows flew over, but I personally saw only one Barn Swallow today and no Martins or Swifts. Tony and Kas who live near us in Arboleas report seeing loads of Alpine Swifts over their house and we have seen late afternoon flocks of Bee-eaters heading south.
|Audouin's Gull, adult|