Saturday, 10 December 2016

Sierra Loja

Thursday 8 December

Cold but clear and sunny when I met up with Derek and Barbara Etherton, Micky Smith and Barbara and Jerry Laycock at Loja Service Station to check out the Sierra Loja.  Having fought our way past about a dozen off-roaders blocking the track entrance (I wondered what they would be up to later on?) we set of in two cars to the picnic quarry where we recorded a number of Chaffinches and then on up to the main quarry finding Mistle Thrush and the first sighting of a number of Red-legged PartridgesBack Redstart now seemed to be the most common species on view so back to the main track where we watched the off-roaders go storming up the track and, hopefully, well out of way and not to be seen again.  Whilst waiting we were able to pick up both Great Tit and Robin.

Male Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus
Working our way up to the Charco del Negro turn it was not so much the Black Redstarts and Stoenchats that were the dominant species but rather the regular sightings of small groups of Thekla Lark and often accompanied by a few Meadow Pipits.  No sign of any Alpine Accentors as left the tree line but we did have a very distant Raven in the valley below whilst, above, a couple of Choughs gave their familiar call as they flew over.  Approaching the turn we had a single Dartford Warbler on the left and a White Wagtail flew across the sheep pen opposite along with more small charms of Goldfinches.  In the bare tree t the back of the little white finca a small flock of Rock Sparrows were taking a short rest.

Resting Rock Sparrows Gorrion Chillon Petronia petronia
A stop at the ponds revealed water but no birds.  Having also been passed by a number of cars on the way up, comes of birding an on a public holiday, we also encountered the first of the family groups but did manage to pick up a Black Wheatear on top of the nearby cliff.  Approaching the power station we had a Little Owl posing on a rock at the side of the track which, upon our arrival, took flight to a pile of rocks a little further back.  The short circuit to the back just beyond the fossil cave also added Blue Rock Thrush to the list and here we came to a stop.  I joined Barbara and Jerry whilst Derek took Micky back down the mountain for a check-up at the local hospital.

Very little to add as we discovered where most of the cars were heading; rock climbers who had selected our favoured area to try and find wintering thrushes amidst the hawthorn bushes.  A quick lunch at the second group of hawthorns where more Black Redstats and Blackbirds were noted and only a possible Redwing sighting.  Then the phone call from Derek to ask for translation hospital so we, too, left the mountain and ended our birding venture.  On the way down a Little Owl was sitting on the same rock as previously seen and then flew to the same pile of rocks a little further back.  Same individual?  Almost certainly.

Distant Little Owl Mochuelo Comun Athene noctua

As for Micky, great news.  After undertaking all the necessary tests Derek and Barbara were able to bring him back to Benalmadena where, if necessary, any further tests could be undertaken and is now resting.  Get well soon Micky as by the time we next meet I should be able to see you with both eyes.

Birds seen:
Red-legged Partridge, Little Owl, Thekla Lark, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstat, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Great Tit, Chough, Raven, Rock Sparrow, Goldfinch

Note:  As can be seen by the above photos using the "wrong" eye is not really working so very much looking forward to the arrival of my new, all-seeing wonderful lens, hopefully later this month.


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Cabo de Gata & Twitch with the Arboleas Bird Group

Wednesday 7 December

Now that the rains have hopefully ended we can start birding agaion and Dave Elliott-Binns and his Arboleas Bird Group have been out and about at Cabo de Gata as can be seen from the following report from Dave.


After last weeks rain in our area and the deluge in Malaga Province in which sadly two people lost their lives, a change in the weather was gratefully received.  Today was a sunny day with a few clouds as Val and I headed down towards Cabo de Gata . Having notched up Hoopoe (notice presenter on BBC pronounced it Hoopee), we met up with Dave, Myrtle, Richard, Les, Colin, Alan and Kevin at the Pujaire cafe.  Duly refreshed with coffee, we made our way to the first hide.  There were numerous Black Tailed Godwit with a single Grey Plover.  Les found 4 Dunlin and Kevin was first to spot some Slender Billed Gulls.  The visibility was not good down the left hand side due to the low bright sun.  So well done to Myrtle for finding a Great White Egret.  Also seen were Mallard, Avocet, Eurasian Curlew and Ringed Plover.  Out over the distant sea I spotted an adult Gannet. Richard found a Zitting Cisticola.  An Iberian Grey Shrike was seen.  Alan spotted numerous Spoonbill way in the distance.  Both Spotless and Northern Starling were in a medium-sized flock. The last bird listed was a Black Winged Stilt.
The drive to the beach added Stonechat and the walk to the hide added Goldfinch and Greenfinch. From the hide I found two or three more Eurasian Curlew on the savannah.  A Little Egret was seen and Kevin spotted numerous Black Necked Grebe.  The Spoonbill seen earlier were closer and  obliged by taking flight so we count their number. Twenty five.  I didn't count the numerous Greater Flamingo.  Colin and I found a male Sardinian Warbler before Les spotted a female plus a Dartford Warbler in the same bush.  Also seen were some Crested Lark.
We convoyed to the public hide, the ladies doing the walk along the track.   We had Chiffchaff whilst Kevin found a Shelduck.  Dave had a Dartford Warbler and Serin from the hide.  To the right Sandwich Tern, Sanderling, Kentish Plover, a Spotted and Common Redshank were seen.  Alan had a Little Stint whilst Kevin found a Turnstone.  Just as we were about to leave I spotted a group of flying birds.  11 soaring Common Crane.  A Kestrel was hovering below them.  Colin spotted a Crag Martin.
Eight of the soaring eleven Cranes Grus grus (PHOTO: Dave Elliott-Binns)
We then went to the beach side cafe in Cabo village, doing a sea-watch as we had refreshments.  We had Gannets, Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed and Yellow Legged Gulls.  A couple of pairs of Mallard were seen as was a Black Tailed Godwit and a small flock of what appeared to me to be Golden Plover.
We ended our time at Cabo de Gata with 47 species.  Normally we'd then go to the Rambla de Morales, but today we were going on a "twitch"!  On the 29th November a Steppe Grey Shrike was discovered at the mouth of the River Andarax which is just east of Almeria.  It was still there a few days ago.  So Colin, Alan, Les, Richard, Val and I headed along the coast to see if we might be lucky. The short answer is we weren't!  We had a good look round, but as they say in twitching circles, we "dipped" out.  I was going to download a photo of one but was concerned about copyright so you'll have to "google image" it to see what one looks like.  Only have one photo to show you. 


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Rambla de Almanzora - Wednesday 30th November 2016

You wait for one then two come along at the same time!  No sooner had I finished writing my blog than in pops a report from the Arboleas Bird Group's visit to the Ramble de Almanzora in Almeria province.  And it certainly sounds as if Dave and Gilly's return to Spain ended with a cracking day's birding.


Wednesday 30 November


A first Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus (PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)
Gilly & I have returned from our 7 week stay in the UK.  Today the group was meeting at the "ford" overlooking the Rambla de Almanzora under the charge of Alan.  As Gilly was secretary, I suggested I did the report.  There was Les, Val, Colin, Sandra and us three previously mentioned. The weather was OK.  There had been rain overnight in Arboleas. 
Looking down onto the rambla we had Moorhen, Mallard and Magpie.  A Grey Heron and a Black Headed Gull flew by.  Les saw Greenfinch whilst Alan and I happened to be scanning when a Kingfisher shot through our vision.  As we walked up towards the sewage works a male Black Redstart perched on the fencing.  We heard both Cetti's and Sardinian Warblers.  I saw an Iberian Grey Shrike flying away and a pair of Green Sandpipers were flushed.  At the first settling pond there were only Collared Doves and Moorhens.  In the larger pool there were many gulls, which took to the air as we appeared.  Mostly Black-headeds but one or two Mediterranean Gulls as well.  There were Shoveler, Common Pochard and Little Grebe.  On the waters edge further up was a group of 4 Dunlin.  Also seen was a Little Egret and Crag Martins.
We walked back to the vehicles.  Gilly and I got in with Les, whilst the rest joined Alan in his car.  We first dropped down onto the "ford" to check the pool there.  We were rewarded with more Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, one Little Stint and four Temminck's Stints.  Sharp-eyed Gilly found a Water Pipit.  We then drove up the far side road below the embankment, seeing Northern and Spotless Starling and numerous pairs of Stonechat.  When we got to the next crossover was ( just near where the Solitary Sandpiper was many moons ago) we were met by workmen doing traffic control.  They were planting a water pipe down the rambla, which meant there were no pools in that area.  (Hope the pools return in due course!)  We crossed over and drove on top of the embankment away from the estuary.  We added Jackdaw by the goat pens and a Kestrel.  There was some water by one of the low dams.  There were two Snipe and some Black Winged Stilt.  We carried on and crossed over to the opposite embankment to head back.  On this side there were a few pools.  We stopped at one which  had two Ruff, the next a Wood Sandpiper.
As we drove on a large bird of prey flew close to our car. By the time we'd got out it had been joined by a second and both were silhouettes.  Les had spotted a pale and streaky chest on the first one and Gilly had managed a distant record photo.  Later diagnosis concluded them to be Bonelli's Eagles, a first for us in this area.  We carried on.  Gilly shouted, "Stop. There's a wader in the left end of that pool!"  Les and I spotted a Green Sandpiper, but we were in the wrong pool.  Gilly said it was a Snipe but different and she'd got a photo.  As we drank our coffee in Villaricos village an examination of the photo confirmed it to be a Jack Snipe, another first for the area!
We then drove down onto the beach, where there was a strong offshore breeze creating high waves. Understandably, there were no foolhardy birds on the awashed harbour rocks!  I usually put the photos at the end, but I'm putting this one in now as a competition. It was taken by Gilly of the rocky outcrop.  There are six waders there of five species. Answers later :-
 Clue...The waders are all on the same level as the big one in the middle!
(PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)

We saw a few Sandwich Tern out to sea before walking over to the estuary pool.  There was a small raft of Common Pochard and a single female Red Crested Pochard with them. There were a few Cormorant, Little Grebe and Mallard, a Little Egret and a Grey Heron. 
Further towards the beach I found four Black Necked Grebe.  We walked to the beach.  As we came into view a large group of gulls/terns took off but thankfully returned.  There were Audouin's Gulls and Sandwich terns. Some Black Headed and Mediterranean Gulls joined later.  Alan spotted a Sanderling and a Ringed Plover.  Four Turnstone flew in.  I found a solitary Gannet out to sea.  Walking back along the beach, hawk-eyed Gilly spotted some waders on the rock outcrop.........the answer is.....from left to right..... Grey Plover, Whimbrel in the middle, Sanderling, Turnstone, Sanderling and finally Kentish Plover!
That concluded our fantastic day out. 55 species in all.  Bonelli's Eagle and Jack Snipe were the birds of the day.  Gilly won first prize for spotting! 
 Dave Elliott-Binns


Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus (PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)
Ruff Philomachus pugnax (PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)

Snipe Gallinago gallinago(PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii (PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)
Distant record shot of Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus (PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)
Audouin's Gulls Larus audouinii with Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis (PHOTO: Gilly Elliott-Binns)


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RSPB Frampton Marsh, Boston

Wednesday 30 November

Brent Geese Branta bernicla by the hundred
Another beautiful, clear and sunny start to the day but somewhat on the cold side as I waited a full fifteen minutes to de-ice and warm the car before setting off for the RSPB Reserve at Frampton Marsh on the outskirts of Boston, Lincolnshire.  As I approached I could not help but notice the large numbers of gathering Rooks along with Blackbird, Wood Pigeons and Crows.  However, even more impressive was the red corridor that covered both sides of the road for most of the journey; there will certainly be no shortage of berries this winter.

Must have been almost a thousand Wigeon Anas penelope
Arriving just after 10.30 I was immediately greeted by large numbers of ducks on the pool immediately in front of the Visitors Centre.  Along with those feeding and resting on other parts of the reserve there must have been literally many hundreds of Wigeon along with hundred of Brent Geese.  Every field seemed to contain its mini flock of Lapwings so these, too, must have reached three figures.  Along with the Wigeon on the first water were a few Mallard and Gadwall, many Teal and, after much searching, also a small number of Pintail and the occasional Shoveler.

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus looking most resplendent in the low sun


Leaving the Centre to drive down towards the Wash trail I noticed both House Sparrows and Goldfinches on the feeders which were then joined by both Greenfinch and a Common Starling.  Very unusual to see a House Sparrow on this reserve so definitely worth recording.  My new vantage point enable me to get some sun behind me and in addition to yet more Wigeon I also picked out Lapwings and Brent Geese and then the target bird, a small flock of Pink-footed Geese.

One Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus amongst hundreds of Brent Geese Branta bernicla
Off to check the Reedbed Hide before settling into the 360 Hide. With the sun so low looking in  southerly direction was almost impossible and, fortunately, the birds were all to be seen from the opposite windows.  Similarly, the recent two nights of severe frost had frozen much of the shallow pools and whilst the mus looked wet I suspect it, too, was fairly solid below and hence the sight of only one wader, a very fleeting glimpse of a Redshank.  Much close scoping with my one usable eye, however, did find a single Common Snipe and a pair of Canada Geese.  The main birds here were yet more Brent Geese and a handful of feeding Lapwing.  Three Linnets came close to feed and on the distant bank I managed to watch a mixed flock of Greenfinches, Linnets and Goldfinches feeding on the thistles. In the distance the cope picked up a few Shelduck and a similar number of Shoveler plus yet more Wigeon.

Look out; here come the Brent Geese Branta bernicla

Overall, perhaps it was the lack of open water that resulted in not a single Coot being seen and only the one Moorhen on the reserve.  The were a couple of Magpies moving about the area and even a pair of Canada Geese.  Whilst checking the Brent Geese before heading back to the car park I noticed one interloper in their midst.  One lost Pink-footed Goose who decided to stay with her cousins rather than find the rest of the her flock.  Back at the Visitors Centre the Tree Sparrows had arrived to take their fill from the feeding station and over towards the hedge at the far end of the car park a single Fieldfare took off to join his companions feeding on the abundant berries on offer whilst, on the grass, a female Kestrel pondered where her next meal might come from.

Always a reliable site to find Tree Sparrows Passer montanus
Leaving the reserve to make my way home I immediately encountered the feeding Black-headed Gulls in the neighbouring fields and then, once more, an abundance of Rooks, especially before reaching the Spalding junction.  Finally, as I took the Deepings by-pass, not so much the pair of Pheasants in the field to my right but the white phantom that crossed the road in front of the car within two metres of the ground and took a left turn to quarter the inside edge of the hedgerow, but not before I had overtaken the bird to record my first Barn Owl of the year.  Not a bad way to end a morning's birding before my one eye began to get too tired to carry on.

Resting female Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Birds seen:
Pink-footed Goose, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Pheasant, Kestrel, Moorhen, Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Barn Owl, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.


And no shortage of Teal Anas crecca


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Monday, 28 November 2016

For a change - Cleethorpes on the Lincolnshire coast!

Monday 28 November

Back in the UK for a week to see family and check out some building work on the house so hope to visit either Frampton Marshes near Boston or maybe the Norfolk coast if the eye permits.  Meanwhile, I have received a lovely report from my friend Chris Bell over here who is always off somewhere or other finding exciting birds and his latest message is re a visit to Cleethorpes last Saturday.  I always think this part of the Lincolnshire coast is cold in high summer so goodness knows how many layers are required at this time of the year!  Thanks Chris and I can share your experience with other readers of the blog.

Saturday 26 November


... thought I would tell you of the goodies I had had at Cleethorpes yesterday   (Saturday 26th).

The most unexpected were 4 Scoter close in shore (5m), although I was scoping them from 80 then 40m across the beach.  My immediate reaction on finding them with the bins was Harlequin Duck, but sense quickly returned as I realised that they were female Velvet Scoter.  Immediately prior to this I had my first Snow Buntings of the season, at least 19 , but there might well have been a 20th. They were very skittish and were feeding  in low vegetation, and when they came close to me were just as difficult to count.

Many of the expected species were about, with many Yellowhammer in the dunes area, the approximate150 Linnet too quick to disappear into vegetation for me to be examined for the possibility of  Twite, Sky Lark, Reed Bunting,  single male Stonechat, 3 Grey Plover tucked in with the  many Redshank, Curlew and Little Egret.

It was very sunny at Cleethorpes , with the forecast  fog lying well offshore, however the  tide brought it in spoiling viewing the birds at high tide.  However, before this thousands of Knot swirled their way along the shore, many Oystercatcher and Sanderling feeding ahead of the incoming water with fewer Dunlin and fewer still Turnstone and Curlew.  Of course,Brent Geese and Shelduck were about in goodly numbers and the local flock of feral Barnacle Geese was at 100+ level.

So a very enjoyable day which, if you are in the UK, my report  might tempt you to the coast, possibly the Norfolk coast.

It most certainly might Chris with the only possible constraint a change in the weather, the eye playing up and/or builders wanting to visit.  But I certainly want top get one day somewhere so, as they say, watch this space. 


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Monday, 21 November 2016

Black-bellied Sandgrouse - at last!

21 November 2016

After yesterday's wonderful day on the Sierra Magina it was time to travel back to Mezquitilla on the Malaga coast.  Ten members stayed on for an extra day's birding with Jose Luis but for Jenny and I it was back to our seaside home.  A Red Kite as we left Ubeda and then regular sightings of Magpie, Wood Pigeons, Corn Buntings and Spotless Starlings.

With time in hand and following a coffee break as we left the Granada area, Jenny suggested that we make a slight detour to take in the upper Cacin Valley in the hope that we, too, might spot a Black-bellied sandgrouse.  Leaving the motorway for the usual site we had Collared Doves and Spotless Starling along with House Sparrows and a stop to check out the massive aviaries on the approach track.  Still the, I believe, fourteen juvenile Saker Falcons in the first aviary but the second, previously empty, structure now held at least fifty (50) individuals and these seemed more like juvenile Gyr Falcons.  Just where do all these birds come from?  It's something like a central holding site to pepare these young raptors for onward journeys to, presumably, wealthy falconers in the Middle east.

Leaving the road towards the ruin we were welcomed by the first Little Owl and as left the trees for the final stretch up to the old ruin a flock of seven Black-bellied Sandgrouse flew low over the car and settle on the field to our left, unfortunately just over a slight ridge.  Chance to take a look at the birds on the ground but driving slightly forward to take photographs did not produce the birds and then they were lost to sight.  Meanwhile, up ahead on top of the old ruin, a second Little Owl watched our progress up the  track.

Distant Iberian Grey Shrike Alcaudon Real Lanius meridionalis

Scanning the fields produced an Iberian Grey Shrike and a Magpie followed by a flock of Calandra Larks along with individual Crested Larks and White Wagtails.  Then it was a drive through an almond orchard which produced, in addition to scores of Chaffinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a few Linnets and a Black Redstart.  Lastly, a second Iberian Grey Shrike, a very small charm of Goldfinches and a good-sized flock of Spotless Starlings before it was time to head off for a bar lunch before completing the journey home.  Two days birding and now  a total of three new species to take the annual total up to 259.

Birds seen:
Red Kite, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.


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Sierra Magina, Jaen with the ABS

Saturday 19 November

One of the 6, very distant, Golden Eagles Aguila Real Aquila chrysaetos seen in the Magina (Same rock as last time!)
It may have been colder than on the coast last night but, nevertheless, Saturday started clear and sunny and gradually warmed up (layer after layer being removed before mid-day) when 24 members of the Andalucia Bird Society under the leadership of ABS member and professional guide of Sierra-Trek, Jose Luis Sanchez, set off the for the mighty Sierra Magina in Jaen Province.  With the whole group safely packed into just six cars we still managed to lose the last car as we took our final turning .  Whilst we awaited the missing car to catch us up it enable some impromptu birding which proved very rewarding starting with a Little Owl and quickly followed by a juvenile male Blue Rock Thrush.  Further scanning produced both Rock and Collared Doves along with Black Redstart, a trio of Linnets, Stonechat and a very late Spotted Flycatcher.

Then of to the start of the 35km track up and over the sierra with a first stop at the picnic site where we found Firecrest, Chiffchaff, Great and Long-tailed Tits along with  a couple of frisky Red Squirrels. Above the hills the first Crag Martins of the day; there were many more to be seen as we crossed the mountains.  There then followed the long drive with many stops along the way and by the time we reached the far side most had seen at least one Griffon Vulture and all manged to catch distant views of six individaul Golden Eagles.  One stop produced a flurry of Crossbills and the odd Chaffinch and beyond half-way we found our first brief sightings of a few Ring Ouzels.

Male Crossbill Piquituerto Comun Loxia curvirostra

A little later we stopped not only for more Ring Ouzels but Meadow Pipit, Rock and Cirl Bunting along with Magpie, Goldfinch and Chaffinch.  A little later as we were driving down a gentle slope we came across not only more Ring Ouzels but an accompanying Fieldfare and a single Mistle Thrush that seemed to be "at roost" as it refused to leave its temporary home.  Amazingly, our lunch stop at the shepherd's shelter produced a trio of Magpies and Mistle Thrush with, seen by a few, a Hawfinch in the branch below.  But, unfortunately, it had gone by the time I returned to back of the shelter.

Resting Mistle Thrush Zorzal Charlo Turdus viscivorus
Then it was on down the Sierra Magina and off the the Parque Natural Laguna Grande arriving in the very late afternoon with barely an hour of daylight left.  On the way, driving through the olive groves near Las Escuelas, the wires were alive with Wood Pigeons, the occasional Collared Dove, Corn Buntings and Thekla Larks.  Also ecorded on this short drive were Stonechats, Kestrel and a Buzzard.  Passing near the solar panels we found a wire full of Mistle Thrushes and at least two Iberian Grey Shrikes took their leave of us as they slipped off the wire and fence.

Distant Ring Ouzel Mirlo Capiblanco Turdus torquatos

Not so much "Laguna Grande" as "Laguna Pequeno" when we finally arrived..  The main pool was very low on water and not a bird to be seen so we followed the track down the side and stopped at the almost empty laguna with more of a shallow puddle but lots of glorious and juicy mud.  Here we did find birds, the first being a Water Pipit plus scores of White Wagtails along with Grey Wagtail, a handful of Green Sandpipers and even more Ringed Plovers.  Both Sardinian Warbler and Robin were added to the species list but I have left the best till last.  Three snipe on the far side but a closer study revealed that only one was a Common Snipe the others being the smaller Jack Snipe.  Even better, one of the Jack Snipe had "itchy feet" and kept wandering past its larger cousin so giving all an opportunity to compare shape and size , especially the difference in beak length.

A wonderful way to end a lovely day and, for me, two new species for the year.  And I am sure that other embers saw birds that I have missed off the above.

Birds seen:
Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Buzzard, Kestrel, Ringed Plover, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush,  Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Iberian Grey Shrike, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Crossbill, Hawfinch, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting.



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