Good to see John and Jenny Wainwright on the road again, especially as it was to their local hot spot at the Sierra Loja, and good bird birds recorded. And they will shortly be visiting Osuna so, hopefully, plenty of Great Bustards to be seen.
Sierra Loja 6th October
A very pleasant day, with light breezes. A spur of the moment decision was to take us to our favourite area up in the Sierra Loja´s, and what a great decision that turned out to be. Just the odd Collared Dove, Spotless Starlings and a Blackbird were seen en route as well as one Barn Swallow, so after coffee at our usual stop , we progressed under the autovia tunnel and into the pines. Our first sightings was of two Mistle Thrushes - how they stood out with their fresh plumage, then Jenny noted a female Redstart and I another to the right of the thrushes, a Serin and further on up the track a male Great Tit was seen as well as two dark-phase Red Squirrels.
|Northern Wheatear Collalba Gris Oenanthe oenanthe (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
In the tree areas we found more Crossbills, Mistle Thrushes and Great Tits as well as a Short-toed Treecreeper, a Coal tit and several Chaffinches. Onward to the first cliff area where we saw a mixed flock of Jackdaws and Chough, as well as two Common Kestrels, a small flock ( or should I say "charm") of Goldfinches and our first Black Redstart of the day. At the next cliff area were photographing a Southern Grey Shrike, when the Jackdaws that had landed in the cliff face erupted in a huge cloud as a Black Stork came into view, luckily we had the cameras primed and were able to get some record shots of it.
|Black Stork Ciguena Negra Ciconia nigra (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Record shot of Spectacled Warbler Curruca Tomillera Sylvia conspicillata (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Southern Grey Shrike Alcaudon Real Lanius meridionalis (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Autumn Crocus or Meadow Saffron Colchicum autumnale (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Lets hope our visit to Osuna on Thursday is as productive.
Check out the accompanying website at http://www.birdingaxarquia.weebly.com for the latest sightings, photographs and additional information.