|Common Redstart Collirojo Real Phoenicurus phoenicurus
No sooner home from a day at the Guadalhorce than John and Jenny Wainwright were out once more on their next birding venture. So much for a quick nip down the road; no such thing once the birding bug gets into the system as can be seen from John's report.
All photographs by and courtesy of John Wainwright
Villanueva del Trabuco
Had to go to Villanueva del Trabuco today so took a trip into the mountains in the area over towards Alfanate. A very windy day here which kept the temperatures down. After our visit to Trabuco village, we headed for the one hundred pipes area (SE of the village), but instead of going to the "pipes" we continued up to the very top of the mountain. Here there was still a good amount of water in the depression. We saw Sardinian and Dartford Warblers, Chaffinches, Common Kestrel, Willow Warblers and three huge flocks (possibly 200 +) of Goldfinches, mostly juveniles. We also saw nine Griffon Vultures heading south.
|Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio machaon
|Saddle-backed Bush Cricket Ephippiger ephippiger
|Pied Flycatcher papamoscas Cerrojillo Ficedula hypoleuca
|Sub-adult Golden Eagle Aguila Real Aquila chrysaetos
This was only supposed top be a short trip instead of the eventual four hours.
Seems to me like a very good way to spend four hour. Great report, John and lots of good birds seen.
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