Sunday 13 December
Good to see Dave out and about again now that the boundaries are being extended. I suspect many of us will at last be venturing to pastures new - all suitable masked up and keeping our social distancing.
Rob & I ventured to the Sierra de Maria today on an unofficial reconnoitre. Didn't have a notebook with me, but here is the list as per Collins Bird Guide!
Red Legged Partridge, Grey Heron, Griffon Vulture, Peregrine Falcon (?), Kestrel, Black Bellied Sandgrouse, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Thekla Lark, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, Long Tail Tit, Iberian Grey Shrike, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Raven, Jay, Red Billed Chough, House Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Serin, Crossbill, Cirl Bunting & Corn Bunting. A total of 35 species.
The alleged Peregrine was on the mountain ridge. ID by size and pose. The 8-10 Black Bellied Sandgrouse were on the plain. The 200+ Red Billed Chough were Chirivil side of the mountain range on a track that can only be passed with a 4x4.
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