8 June 2016
Six hours top kill on the Roscoff - Plymouth ferry so time to read and publish John's report about his trip up nearby Sierra Loja on Sunday last with lovely wife Jenny. Me? I have been travelling the length of Spain from Mezquitilla to San Sebastion via Burgos and then up the west side of France with about 70 litres of diesel in the boot in readiness to meet the "no fuel available" situation in France. As it turned out, most garages seemed to be open for business and the rain and floods were to the east so lovely sunshine all the way.
Sierra Loja: Sunday 5 June
Very hot today, even with a breeze.
We thought we would take a ride up to the Sierra Loja as we had not been there for a couple of weeks or so. We dropped in at the Eagle Owls site but no sign of it. Up through the tree line we had Short-toed Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Serin, Azure-winged Magpie and Blackbird, and the cliff areas held Jackdaws, Stonechat also a Spectacled Warbler was noted on the down slope.
Moving up the track a group of six Hoopoes came across our front, while two separate families of Thekla Larks were noted. Lots of noise from the Red-legged Partridges perched on their calling rocks. A few Spotless Starlings here in the rocks along with a small amount of Linnets, while above us a pair of Common Kestrels soared amid a good number of House and Crag Martins, Common Swifts and a lone Barn Swallow. As we rounded a bend the silhouette of a Little Owl was seen but better views were had as we progressed up the track. Quite a lot of Black-eared Wheatears about as normal but only one Northern Wheatear was seen throughout the day.
Up at the pond the Rock Sparrows were in full song and the feeding of their young was being carried out. Several Iberian ribbed newts(Pleurodeles waltl) were spotted in the bottom pond and a Corn Bunting landed on the posts surrounding the pond.
|Rock Sparrows (Photo: John Wainwright)|
|Distant Rock Thrush (Photo: John Wainwright)|
|Griffon Vulture (Photo: John Wainwright)|
|Little Owl (Photo: John Wainwright)|
|A mix of Jackdaws and Choughs (Photo: John Wainwright)|
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