Monday 14 January 2013


Looks like I was not the only one to escape for the house today and sneak in a little birding.  John and Jenny Wainwright dropped into the Embalse Bermejales and picked up a very nice Green Woodpecker.  At the same time, it looks from Jenny's photograph as if they were in turn about to be picked up by a visiting bird of the feathered variety.  These White Wagtails get everywhere.


Very bright but really cold.

White Wagtail Lavandera Blanca Motacilla alba
En route to the Bermejales embalse we saw three Common Kestrel, Collared Dove, Spotless Starling, Goldfinch, Serin, two Siskin, White Wagtails, Southern Grey Shrike, Great Tit and Chaffinches.

 Both photographs by Jenny Wainwright

Green Woodpecker Pito Real Picus veridis

At the embalse we saw White Wagtails - one of these was in a very convivial mood and wanted to have the car for its own - Crossbills, Common and Azure-winged Magpies, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinches, Robins, Short-toed Treecreeper, Linnets, Black Redstart, Mistle Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, Chiffchaff and the Egyptian Goose.

We took a different way home and saw a female Goshawk sat on a grass mound (what a beauty), Green Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Chaffinch, Corn Bunting, Crested Larks, Goldfinches, Mistle Thrushes, Common Magpies, Greenfinches and Hoopoe.

The temperatures are dropping quite fast now, so back to "mi casa".

Many thanks John and well done you to get both Green Woodpecker and Goshawk within minutes of each other.

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