Sierra Loja 6th January 2014
Bright and sunny but very cold in the shade. We met up with Marcus and Liz Rootes at the Abades service station and proceeded up to the hidden quarry. It was so cold here that all we could
hear was the calling of Red-legged Partridges. So we left here after deciding to call in here on the way down.
The tree line was virtually deserted, not a flicker or sound was seen or heard, although Jenny spotted two dark phase Red Squirrels, in amongst the pines on the down slopes. At the cliffs we saw two Ravens, Jackdaws, Blackbird, Black Redstart, heard a Green Woodpecker down below
and about a dozen or so Alpine Accentors - much to Marcus´s pleasure - were located further up.
Between the cliffs and the old quarry we saw Thekla Larks, Black Redstarts, Meadow Pipits, a Southern Grey Shrike, Stonechats and Linnets. Another two Ravens flew past, possibly the same pair as before (but you never know), as did a small flock of Goldfinches.
|Little Owl Athene noctua (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
A nice sighting was the twelve Ibex - two males , one with a deformed - forward facing - horn, the remainder females and kids. And it was just after this we spotted another Southern Grey Shrike, and yet still more Thekla Larks then a Little Owl.
|Bonelli's Eagle Hieraeatus Fasciatus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
On the way home Wood Pigeon, Collared Doves, House Sparrows, Spotless Starlings, Chaffinches and Crested Larks were seen. Not a massive list but a great day out...
Your Bonelli's Eagle would appear to be in an interesting state of moult and making it very identifiable for the next week or so.
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