And just to let me know that I really am back in Spain and that summer is round the corner, as I write this a small party of Bee-eaters has just flown past Casa Collado with their usual scratchy song on the wing.
La Resinera and Cacin area. 14th April
A very hot day with quite a good breeze.
We had been to Bermejales but the place was packed with picnickers and dogs, although we did find Coal Tits and two Little Ringed Plovers (looks like they may be breeding here again this year). We, therefore, continued on the road past the caravan site and in the direction of Fornes. Just past the - now defunct - petrol station we turned onto the dirt track to La Resinera. Chaffinches were in good numbers here as were Blackbirds, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Blackcaps. Nightingales were in good voice here and I counted at least seven males singing, also about were Short-toed Treecreepers, Crag Martins, Barn Swallows, House Martins, Red-rumped Swallows, a Lesser Kestrel and Serins.
|Viperine Snake Natrix maura (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Bonelli's Eagle Aguila-azor Perdicera Hieraaetus fasciatus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Rio Velez, Torre del Mar:
I also spotted a lovely pair of Cirl Buntings, above the bridge as soon as I got out of the car so no camera ready. Then a White Stork flew over! That was a surprise, and there were Nightingales everywhere; loads of them. But no waders except a Black-winged stilt and I never heard a Cetti, not one. That´s never happened before.
|Whitethroat Curruca Zarcera Sylvia communis (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
But Steve did get some lovely shots of a visiting (or even more than one) Whitethroat.
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