Over to Loja mid-morning to visit our friends Mick and Jayne Richardson and check up all is OK, etc, Arriving at Mick's home we had a good-sized charm of Goldfinches and a few Crested Larks. No sooner had we entered the house than Mick was showing us not so much the House Sparrows but the small flock of Siskins feeding in the seed tray (first new species for year).
Leaving Jenny and Jayne at the house Mick took me down to the nearby fields where he had seen Brambling in the past week. Both Goldfinches and Chaffinches along with a passing Greenfinch as we headed for the rived crossing but not before stopping to "stare" at the Little Owl in its favourite roosting tree about five metres away from the car. Unfortunately, the sun, it being a bright and clear day with a warming temperature approaching 12C, was almost in our eyes so we left the little chap to sleep on knowing that we would have a second chance on the way back.
|Little Owl Mochuelo Comun Athena noctua|
|Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago|
|Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon Phoenicurus ochruros|
|Record shot of the Wryneck Torcecuelllo Euroasiatico Jynx torquilla|
|Record shot of a few of the Little Bustards Sison Comun Tetrax tetrax|
Arriving back at Mick's home the Siskins had arrived in good numbers on both feeders so an opportunity to take photographs and note the different plumages between male and female. A Great Tit arrived to join in the fun and having recorded 34 species in the hour we took our leave to return home via the back road to Loja, so missing out of the Stone Curlews which, in any case, had probably moved away as the farmers were busy working in their particular, preferred, field. On the other hand, within 200 metres of Mick's house we had a Song Thrush at the side of the road which move into the olive grove as we approached so taking our final tally of the morning to a wonderful 35 species.
|Male Siskin (above) Lugano Carduelis spinus and female below|
|You wait for your first then a whole flock come along|
|"Oy!, This is my food tray. Clear off!"|
Moorhen, Little Bustard, Lapwing, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Crested Lark, Sky Lark, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Corn Bunting.
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