Leaving Mezquitilla with a couple of Common Swifts feeding above the main road, within the hour I was passed the "white elephant prison" and arriving at the Arroyo Marin just before Archidona. Entering the valley track I was immediately greeted by a number of Bee-eaters and managed to get a couple of quick photos through the windscreen. Then, having decided to get out of the car for a better shot, I was suddenly confronted by another car right behind me so had to move on. Indeed, this was the only other vehicle i came across all morning!
taking the first side track on the right I had more Bee-eaters along with a couple of Blackbirds and a male Blackcap. A few Barn Swallows were feeding above and the bee-eaters were joined by a handful of Spotless Starlings on the distant wires whilst a small flock of Rock Doves took to the skies. The dead weeds seemed to be providing plenty of food for the foraging Serins.
|Bee-eaters Abejaruco Europeo Merops apiaster through the windscreen|
|Cirl Bunting Escribano Soteno Emberiza cirius|
|Distant Blue Rock Thrush Roquero Solitario Monticola solitarius|
Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Short-toed Eagle, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Common Swift, Bee-eater, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Robin, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Azure-winged Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting.
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