When I think that yesterday, Sunday, started with a couple of light showers followed by glorious sunshine then more rain late in the day and this morning produced heavy rain for about four hours through the afternoon before brightening up, why was I not surprised to hear that John and Jenny had had snow, never mind lots of rain, over in the Salar / Loja area? But at least they managed to get out and about and a visit to the nearby Cacin Gorge. It was also good to hear that the pair of Bonelli's Eagles breeding further over into Granada Province are doing a fine job raising their single chick.
Cacin Gorge area 29th April 2013
Bright, then overcast and small amounts of rain, very cold wind.
|Barn Swallow Golondrina Comun Hirundo rustica (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
En route to the gorge we saw Bee-eaters, Spotless Starling, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Common Magpies, House Sparrows, Mistle and Song Thrushes, a Rock Sparrow, Barn Swallows and House Martins.
|Melodious Warbler Zarcero Comun Hippolais polyglotta (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
At the Turro dam lake we found at least eleven Green Sandpipers and one Common Sandpiper, White Wagtails, Common Swift, Barn and Red-rumped Swallows, House Martins, Mallard, a singing Melodious Warbler, Stonechat, Corn Buntings, Cuckoo, Cetti´s and Sardinian Warblers. A Goshawk soared overhead and a Golden Oriole called from the other side of the lake.
Here also we saw Cirl and Corn Bunting, Common Kestrel, Jackdaws, Great Tits, Crag and House Martins, Red-rumped and Barn Swallows, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Crested Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Serin and another Hoopoe.
It's started to rain again so making way home.
John and Jenny Wainwright
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