|Firecrest Reyezuelo Listardo Regulus ignicapilla|
Another lovey sunny day and what better way to spend the morning than take a quick trip over to Alcaucin and up to the Alcazar picnic area on the lower slopes of the Sierra Tejeda. Not a sole in sight so able to just sit and wander slowly around with out being disturbed - and it paid off in less than an hour.
Chaffinches as I approached and in the main picnic area along with a couple of Rock Buntings before walking along the narrow water channel. A couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming away to their hearts' content and a Blackbird made a very vocal departure. However, little to see on this normally productive route and I began to wonder where all the Crossbills had gone until I returned to the above picnic area. First a couple of Nuthatches then, on looking up at the movement that caught my, I found a rather handsome male Crossbill. Not only a Crossbill but a couple of foraging Firecrests and more were to be found in the lower area.
|Male Crossbill Piquituerto Comun Loxia curvirostra coming into breeding plumage|
|Not only birds in the trees as can be seen by this Red Squirrel Ardilla Roja Sciurus vulgaris|
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crag Martin, White Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Firecrest, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Crossbill, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting.
|"Nuts to the lot of you. You can't catch me!"|