Wednesday 30 March 2016

Sierra Loja with John and Jenny

Tuesday 29 March

Not just Derek and Co out yesterday as a report received this morning indicates that John and Jenny Wainwright are back on their favourite mountain, the Sierra Loja in Granada Province.

The herd of Ibis (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

Sierra Loja 29th March

A warm day 28C, but a chilly wind up the top 17C

As we started up into the Sierra Loja we saw Collared Doves, Spotless Starlings and House Sparrows.

We by-passed the hidden quarry track and made our way up to the tree-line, here we found Song Thrush, Chaffinches, Short-toed Treecreeper, Azure-winged Magpies, Serins and Wood Pigeon.
Up at the first cliff area we saw Black Wheatears, Rock Buntings, Jackdaws, Red-legged Partridges and a Blue Tit.   The second cliff area gave us Linnets, more Jackdaws, a Great Tit, Stonechats and Thekla Larks.

Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
Moving up towards the big quarry we spotted more Red-legged Partridges, a Little Owl, two Southern Grey Shrikes, Chiffchaffs, two Hoopoes, Thekla Larks and a Spectacled Warbler.
From here nothing extra was seen until we got to the substation valley, where we had two Northern Wheatears, a Short-toed Lark and Black Redstart.  Just a small note, the old bare tree that was in several of my photos of various birds over the years has fallen.

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)

At the Charca del Negro we saw more Linnets, Goldfinches, Rock Sparrows and Black-eared Wheatear.  Heading along to the fossil cave area we saw  a Blue Rock Thrush, more Black-eared Wheatears, a Cuckoo was heard out to our right and in the meadow by the cottage we counted thirty Ibex, while along at the large cave we noted Chough, Crag Martins, a single Barn Swallow and two Lesser Kestrels.  Further along this track (at the climbing area), we saw more Crag Martins, a small flock of some forty Chough, Rock Buntings, Spotless Starlings, a Blue Rock Thrush and a Robin.
On the way down we called in at the Eagle Owl site but still no sign of it.

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
Iberian Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
Little Owl Athene noctua (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

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