I arived back in Stamford to see that each day this week has been hotter than the day before but 28C here is a lot less pleasant that the thirties in Spain; very humid once the temperature gets up to the low twenties. But John went up the mountain and it was probably hotter at the top that here in Lincolnshire! Interesting that John's report contains no mention of Rock Thrushes, I thought that by now there might be early juveniles moving about and still being fed by their parents. Perhaps they,too, dislike the heat and were hiding in the rocks out of the direct sunlight.
A very warm day but a nice refreshing breeze above the tree line.
As we left the village a Little Owl was noted sitting on top of a telegraph pole - lets hope it doesn´t end up like its mate of three days ago, a casualty on the road. Also about were Spotless Starlings, Collared Doves, Azure-winged Magpies and House Sparrows.
More Chaffinches and Blackbirds were seen as we passed through the tree line, up to the first cliff face where we saw Rock Sparrows, Rock Buntings, Crested Larks, Linnets and a family of Stonechats. As we watched the Stonechats feeding their young a small number of Jackdaws made themselves known before diving down into the fields by the Venta del Rayo road.
|Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Distant Little Owl Athene noctua (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Spoonwing Nemoptera bipennis (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
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