Off to Loja area with Jenny to pay a visit to Mick and Jayne Richardson and on the way being very surprised to see a late Song Thrush dash across the road immediately in front of us ans we drove away from Zafarraya. Also on the way we manage to record expected House Sparrow, Spotless Starling and both Collared and Rock dove. Lots of Blackbirds about and a first Hoopoe. Upon arrival we were delighted to see how well Jayne was progressing - and even Mick looked better and more relaxed than when previously seen a week or so ago.
|Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator through the width of the car|
Leaving the local Serins collecting nesting material from the track in front of us we took a new path to me after crossing the river. No Yellow Wagtails but we did find at least four singing Nightingales, two more Woodchat Shrikes and Stonechat. Two pairs of Red-legged Partridges flew across the track and then a longer stop to check out the small copse where Mick had seen many recent Hawfinches. No luck but apart from the Wood Pigeons we had Great Tit and a number of Blackbirds, a healthy-singing Mistle Thrush on the wood's edge and even a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker. Then of course we had to find one of the local Wrynecks. Mick saw the flight and we knew which tree it had landed but where?
|A find the Wryneck Torcecuello Euroasiatico Jynx torquilla challenge|
|Record shots of a very distant male Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus above and not quite so distant female.|
|Distant female Back-eared Wheatear Collalba Rubia Oenanthe hispanica|
Finally, a very brief stop on the old railway line at Ventas de Zafarraya to watch the two dozen wheeling Choughs and also found a pair of Black Wheatears and a most handsome male Black Redstart along with the local Crag Martins so raising our final total to 39 species.
|Only the briefest second to capture the male Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ochruros that suddenly appeared|
Red-legged Partridge, Kestrel, Moorhen, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black-eared Wheatear, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Great Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Chough, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, tree Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
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