Monday, 27 February 2017

Alcaucin Picnic Area

Monday 27 February

All rather quiet on the birding front this morning on a visit to the picnic area above Alcaucin on the lower Sierra Tejeda.   Could well have been because many seemed to be taking an extra day of work with the national holiday tomorrow following the week-end so lots of campers.  Also not helped by those going for a hike accompany by one of more dogs with the owners seeming to think it would be great for the four-legged creatures to be able to run free.

Crossbill Piquituerto Comun Loxia curvirostra

Having said that, apart form Blackbirds and Chiffchaffs I did manage to record both Nuthatch and Crossbill and a number of Chaffinches as I departed.  Put another way, two new species taking the annual total up to 160 and now awaiting the arrival of Red-rumped Swallows and assorted swifts.


 Male (above) and female Chaffinch Pinzon Vulgar Fringilla coelebs


Birds seen:
Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Crossbill.



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