Having returned last evening, John and jenny wainwright stayed on an extra night, their second, and managed to revisit some of the area covered by yesterday's visit. It would still appear that whilst we are enjoying clear skies and very warm weather, the humid, cloudy weather still persists down near the coast around Tarifa.
Tarifa Day : Sunday 22 July
Another very humid day, clearing about 10.30am.
We decided to follow the Montagu´s trip at the back of Tahivilla, but alas again no Montagu´s, only Barn Swallows, House Sparrows, many flocks of Linnets, Stonechats, Collared Doves, Crested Larks and as we started back from the junction of the "Harina" mill, Jenny spotted a Little Owl trying to make itself hidden within the branches of a tree.
We the moved on to the track down to the old military barracks now the "Migres" building. The only things on the sea were several Yellow-legged Gulls, but in the new centre here we did find a Long-eared Owl tethered to the doorway, apparently it has broken its wing and will never fly again but one of the Migres girls here, has it as a pet at home (no I didn´t tick it Bob!! but very tempted). In the area here we found Spotted Flycatchers, Blackcaps, Blackbirds, Wrens, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Greenfinches, a single Northern Wheatear, while above us Bee-eaters, Short-toed Eagle and a Bonelli´s Eagle were logged. As we left the site Zitting Cisticola, Spotless Starlings and Cattle Egrets were seen.
Traffic is really building up now so we headed for home, en route seeing Black Kite, Common Kestrels and another Short-toed Eagle.
Great to get together with the group members again.
At least you recorded some new birds for the week-end John but I had to re-read your report just to check what you said about "taking home" - was it the Long-eared owl or the Migres girl? Obviously, I misread first time round!
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