Out for a couple of hours this morning to take jenny for a treatment in, relatively, nearby Solarno between Comares and Colmenar. No sooner had we driven down the mountain to Los Romanes and we were seeing many Thekla Larks, Serins and Goldfinches with Collared Doves as we passed through the village.
Approaching our destination through the olive groves we had first Rock Doves then a solitary Hoopoe to be followed by a Woodchat Shrike keeping an eye on the passing wildlife traffic in search of an easy meal. Then, no sooner had we arrived, and we could hear the constant calling of the Golden Orioles from the steep, narrow valley below. But trying to actually see the bird was an entirely different matter!
|Male Golden Oriole Oropendola Oriolus oriolus|
The obvious question, of course, is how does a bird the size of a staling which is custard yellow in colour with a black wing and bright red beak manage to lose itself in the Eucalyptus trees. To further add to the picture, we had a pair of Red-rumped Swallows fly in front of the car as we made our way back to Lake Vinuela followed by a handful of Linnets.
Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole, Jay, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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