A stroll along the river (rofl, still drier than a dry bone) and the first thing that caught my attention was this clean, well-groomed and large rodent.
I set off to see if I could find any of the Alpine Accentors which had been spotted in the area in the past few days but alas, no luck. At least some of the regulars were about, including this lovely female Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.
A couple of Wagtails, one Serin, a Blackcap and two Sardinian Warblers, but Black Redstarts by the score on Sunday morning.
It was rather nippy early this morning, which made me quickly regret my choice of attire. Black Redstarts, Blackbirds, Wagtails, Sardinian Warblers, Spotless Starlings, Cattle Egrets and Doves were the first to brave the elements, mostly just singing away in the undergrowth rather than coming out to pose.
Having picked myself up of the floor having encountered water in the local river, I decided on a quick meander to see if the birds were talking full advantage of this unusual phenomenon. Not as many as I thought there might be, possibly due to the continued savage cutting back of the vegetation – for cutting back read removing almost everything.
Needless to say, after a couple of days of sunshine our local ‘river’ is once again drier than a dry bone. With the vegetation on the riverbank itself savagely cut back, most of the birds are taking refuge in the orchards and scrub land. Plenty of them about.
After almost of weeks of rains and storms in Nerja, the rio Chillar has become a raging torrent. The rains have brought the birds back to the riverbank, although both sides of the river are currently being cleared of vegetation in the annual municipal tidy-up.
Black Redstarts, Phoenicurus ochruros, mainly female, were everywhere as I wandered along the riverbed.
After just over a month being somewhat incapacitated, it was great to get out for a little walk down by the river, even though it still has no water in it. One day, maybe.