What a difference you notice at this time of the year when you travel both inland and to higher altitudes. Clear, warm and sunny on the Mezquitilla coast with night temperature of about 11 rising to 20C+during the day. Approaching Loja the temperature had dropped to just 2C and the first part of my morning visit to Hueter Tajar started at a a very chilly 4C! The idea was to try and find the wintering flock of Little Bustards but with field workers operating on the opposite field no sign of one. I re-visited along with twice checking out the other popular site for these interesting birds but the little b stards always seem to know I am coming and make themselves scarce. On the other hand, well over a hundred Lapwing seen and a count of 156 Stone Curlews, and given how they manage to almost disappear whilst they rest up on the ploughed fields, probably suggests that there were more than two hundred of the latter present.
|Just a few of the hundreds of Stone Curlew Alcaravan Comun Burhinus oedicnemus|
The track just beyond the Stone Curlew field produced a lovely Little Owl on the roof of the corner house and then a Blackbird. Whilst on the outskirts of the village near Mick Richardson's house I had a number of Azure-winged Magpies along with Collared Doves. More Crested Larks in the fields and then a handful of Serin along with many more Linnets as I stopped to admire a resting Iberian Grey Shrike.
|The local Little Owl Mochuelo Comun Athene noctua|
Cattle Egret, Kestrel, Stone Curlew, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Short-toed lark, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Bluethroat, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Iberian Grey Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet.
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