|Whinchat Tarabilla Nortena Saxicola rubetra
A quiet morning and with Jenny off shopping I decided I would "pop up" to the pass at Ventas de Zafarraya for the morning and complete the anti-clockwise circuit beyond the "Magpie Woods" to see what might be about. Good news for Steve in that there was a steady supply of birds all morning so, avian wise, all would appear to be looking up. On the other hand, just as I was about to leave the clouds parted and we had a two-minute downpour. I told Jenny I had seen lightening in the night but she would not believe me! Anyway, the sun was bursting through as I set off down the mountain track accompanied the resident Sardinian Warlers, Thekla Larks, a male Blue Rock Thrush and even a couple of Barn Swallows.
|Black Wheatear Collalba Negra Oenanthe leucura
|Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus
|Record shot of a gorgeous male Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ochruros
|Northern Wheatear Collalba Gris Oenanthe oenanthe
|One of many skulking Magpies Urraca Pica pica
Kestrel, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Jay, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting.
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