Today is the first of four days in which we have been promised rain and even lightening. Overcast with a few breaks early on so I took the chance to drive up the mountain to the walk the old railway track at Ventas de Zafarraya before the onslaught. Strange that because, on returning to the car and signs of bigger breaks in the clouds and it getting quite warm and sunny, I decided to press on via the "Magpie Woods" to take a look at the circular route on the other side of Zafarraya followed by a quick hop over to the pantaneta at Alhama de Granada and, finally, a drive down the mountain track through the Sierra Tejeda, stoping at both picnic sites, to Alcaucin before heading home. Told Jenny I could be gone for maybe as little as an hour if it rained or, if not, maybe a couple of hours or so. Still thinking about to explain away over five hours! I even had time for a swim and, late afternoon, the rain has still not come. Perhaps it was just a vicious rumour!
|Moulting Rock Bunting Escribano Montesino Emberiza cia|
|Distant Peregrine Falco peregrinus|
|The lovely Bee-eater Abejaruco Europeo Merops apiaster|
|Juvenile Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator|
|Time to rest for this male Crossbill Piquituerto Comun Loxia curvirostra|
Pochard, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Coot, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Melodious Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Rock Bunting.
|Juvenile Serin Verdecillo Serinus serinus|
|Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus|
|Can this be an inquisitive Melodious Warbler Zarcero Comun Hippolais polyglotta to the right of the Crossbills?|
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