Monday, 26 November 2018

Lynx Trip with John and Jenny Wainwright

Sunday 25 November

Following on for our visit to the Sierra magina yesterday, John and jenny wainwright spent another day birding in the Andujar area in the hope of catching up with the local Lynx population.

Lynx trip 25th November 2018

A wet and very cold day.

We started off from the hotel going to Linares then to Andujar and stopping for coffee at Los Pinos. Gaining the rustic track to the "site", we  saw a large flock of Azure-winged Magpies and then a Common Buzzard.  An Iberian Shrike was spotted on the power lines as were Magpies.  A group of four Ravens came over the trees while on the track at the puddles a small flock of Chaffinches were drinking. 

The lower we drove the thicker the mist and it wasn´t until we got to the new viewing shelters, that the mist started to lift. It was then we spotted a large flock of Griffon Vultures which passed by the viewing shelter quite close.  Followed by a Spanish Imperial Eagle, a Black Vulture and a Green Woodpecker down in the valley.  Lots of Woodpigeons and Magpies about but no Lynx.  The mist closed in again so we headed for the embalse where we saw Black Redstart, Chaffinch, Blackbirds, Grey Heron, Cormorant and Collared Dove.

On the way back up the Red and Fallow Deer were in good numbers and a nice spot of the day were male and female Mouflons in amongst the oaks.  Apologies for no bird photos, but Jenny took the ones submitted.

The rain started on the way back so timings worked out well.

Shame that few birds but what birds you did see along with the deer and Mouflon.  Must have been a local "thing" re the weather as we had lovely sunshine almost all the way back to the coast necessitating the use of sunglasses! 

Fallow Deer Dama dama (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
Red Deer Cervus elaphus hispanicus  (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)

Mouflon Ovis orientalis musimon (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)

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