Sierra Loja 19th August 2013
Very hot down below (40C+) but a nice breeze up top (27C).
After the storm on Saturday evening that had laid a lot of the dust to rest, we decided to venture up the Sierra Loja again. En route we saw Azure-winged Magpies, Blackbird and heard Bee-eaters. The cliff areas held nothing but a few juvenile Black-eared Wheatears and Stonechats. In the tree area Short-toed Treecreepers were calling as were Great Tits. On the flats area we saw Red-legged Partridges, Bee-eaters, a large family of Thekla Larks, lots of juvenile Stonechats plus several juvenile and one adult Black-eared Wheatear. Just as we were entering the next valley a Southern Grey Shrike was spotted on top of a tamarisk bush.
|Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Around to the "fossil cave area" where we saw more Black Wheatears, heard the Little Owl (but could not locate it) and while I was scoping for the Owl a Peregrine Falcon swooped across the valley . As we left here a party of five Choughs lifted off from the cliff face area as well as two more juvenile Black Wheatears and a beautiful Great Banded Grayling butterfly (Brintesia circe). Back onto the track to Sierra Gordo we found - in the conifer copse - Hoopoe, Goldfinches, Spotted Flycatcher and Black Redstarts.
|Striped Grayling Pseudotergumia fidia (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
As we came onto the back road to Loja a Spotted Flycatcher and a Spotless Starling were noted.
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