A sedate amble this morning, although a bit of cloud did keep out the steering heat for a while. Only really the Goldfinches out and about at that time, but always nice to see. The odd Blackcap n the undergrowth but not much else.
I like pigeons (as long as they don’t try to nest on my balcony), great characters and fun to watch. They can be quite colourful, too, even the common street pigeons. There are some very exotic-looking specimens to be found in different parts of the world.
This street Pigeon was doing his very best to impress the ladies.
A young pigeon, one of those rare sights, after a good preening session.
I was enjoying a well-deserved (my own interpretation) beer and a tapas when I glanced out of the bar window and saw a bit of Sparrow activity on the tall stump of a palm tree. I returned to the task in hand but kept glancing at the palm tree. I then noticed a small head pop out of one of the holes, so I decided to investigate.
A slow, leisurely amble in the hot sun and there were plenty of the usual suspects – Flycatchers, Serins, Spotless Starlings, Goldfinches, Swallows etc – as well as one less common sighting.
A group of smaller bees were using a flower as a sort of heliport while a huge Carpenter Bee was getting its belly covered in pollen as it flitted from one bloom to another.
Quite a few Swallows, Martins, Spotted Flycatchers and the odd Turtle Dove (nice to see them back) around at the moment. The Turtle Dove managed to find a few drops of water (?) in the riverbed to quench its thirst.
Although it is still quite colourful along the Rio No Water, the blooms are most definitely coming to the end of their time.