So busy both here in Stamford and driving around the country, just back this past half-hour from Winchester where I received my Honorary Degree for the University, that I seem to have missed out day 4 of John and Jenny Wainwright's birding odyssey to Caba de Gata in Almeria Province. Looks like, from re-reading, that John and Johnny probably wished the day would go away as well as it seemed to be nothing but rain, followed by rain and yet more rain. Today in the UK has been another gloriously warm and sunny day with almost clear blue skies and not a breath of wind. Yes, It really is like this in many parts of southern Britain even if the winds are keeping you occupied in "sunny" Spain! Anyway, many apologies to John and jenny and their report is published below. No doubt in the morning, now that I am back in Stamford and with access to my computer, I will be able to report on their homeward journey from Caba de Gata to Salar.
Cabo de Gata 12th April: Day 4
Rain, Rain and more Rain but we did manage a few dry periods though but, once again, still dipped on the Trumpeter Finch.
Getting up before sunrise and looking out at the weather, it had rained during the night and was still raining, still, we decided to have a last ditch at the lighthouse for the Trumpeter Finch, alas no luck, although the rain had subsided for a while and lots other birds were about, including Black Wheatear, the inimitable Corn Bunting, Linnets, Spotless Starlings and Yellow-legged Gulls. As we headed back to the hotel for breakfast the rain started again. Afterwards, we headed for the Sierra Alhamillas where we knew there could be a very small chance of seeing anything but it was better than staying indoors.
|Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Little Owl Athena noctua (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
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