Still no Trumpeter Finch for John and Jenny Wainwright and the weather seems to remain very windy. Shame, as having returned to the blustery, cold UK we have experienced nothing but warm sunshine and calm, clear sunny skies for most of the past week! Let John tell you about his latest birding day:
Cabo de Gata 12 April: Day 5
Another very bright but very blustery (another 40km/h blaster) day.
As this is our last full day before returning home we decided to tackle the Desierto de Tabernas, they do say that the desert has only 250mm of rain per year, Well, I think most of fell while we were here!
As we passed Tabernas itself the cloud base was seen to be dropping very quickly, but regardless of this we carried on (no fool like an old fool Eh!!) We turned off for Velefique and immediately a Woodchat Shrike was noted along with Spotless Starlings and Collared Doves, while a little further on a Hoopoe flew up from the side of the road.. We took a diversion into a small eucalyptus grove and beyond seeing Thekla Larks, Chaffinches and Great Tit. As we took a stroll across one of the fields a single Stone Curlew took off , nothing more in the fields, but as we drove back through the grove again a male Pied Flycatcher came out of the leaf litter, perched for a couple of seconds and was gone.
|Crossbill (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Woodchat Shrike (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Although the birding through this circuituos route was few and far between the scenery was really beautiful and well worth the extra diesel.
Homeward bound tomorrow (Monday 13th) but we are calling in at the Roquetas de Mar and perhaps pick up a couple of extra trip ticks!!!
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