|A very ephemeral setting for the morning's departure from Salar (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
And what of my festive birding? All being well I shall pay a visit to the Guadalhorce, Malaga in the morning and even try to get up to El Robledal via Alcaucin on either Monday or Tuesday. Will I succeed? Watch this blog for the answer.
Alcacuin, Zafaraya &V El Robedal: 26th December
Another fairly misty day to start and very cold in the shade, but warmed up later
It was hard work spotting anything due to the misty conditions but where the mist had lifted we did manage to see Collared Doves, Spotless Starlings, Azure-winged and Common Magpies. As we were coming from Salar - the roads were very icy - we took the reverse route making for the Mirador Pedro Agueria (I think the spelling may be incorrect) en route seeing Jays, Crossbills, Chaffinch and a couple of Great Tits. At the mirador I had a walk round the small wooded area and picked up Nuthatches, Crested Tits, Sardinian Warblers, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Great Tits, Chaffinches, Crossbills and, as we pulled away from the mirador, a group of Serins.
|Crossbill Piquituerto Comun Loxia curvirostra (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Next port of call was the Alcacuin picnic site and again the Crossbills were in the majority. Also about were two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, two dark-phased Red Squirrels, superb views of Firecrests, Sardinian Warblers and a Robin. At the El Rio site not a peep was heard, so we headed for the Zafarraya railway track.
|A hard-working Firecrest Reyezuelo Listado Regulus ignicapilla seeking out his breakfast (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Lots of Stonechats ( male and female) about as well as Sardinian Warblers (males) and a pair of Great Tits. A small flock of Corn Buntings flew overhead and landed in the small bushes on the down slope, then another Black Wheatear and a Southern Grey Shrike.
Moving on to El Robledal camp site area (the track has been repaired here at last), more Jays were seen as well as Crested Tits, a family of Long-tailed Tits, a single Greenfinch, a Green Woodpecker and two more Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Wood Pigeons, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Chaffinches, a Chiffchaff, a couple more Red Squirrels (one dark-phase and one very light one) and our last birds of the day were Crested Lark and another Southern Grey Shrike.
|A not-so-dark-as-usual Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Long-tailed Blue butterfly Lampides boeticus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
It certainly sounds as if you had a good day, especially when coupled with the previous twenty-four hours. What next I wonder?
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