Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Hecho and Anso Valleys

Sunday 24 June

All packed and ready to go so was away from the hotel in Zuera by 8.30 and a couple of hours later working my way up the Hecho Valley to the west of Jaca off the N220.  An uneventful drive north and for almost twenty miles moving north of Huesca I did not pass nor see another vehicle of any description; now that's what you call having the road to yourself.  Birds seen en route included red Kite, Blackbird, Raven, Buzzard and Carrion Crow.

But I have to say that the first valley was very disappointing in bird terms albeit very, very scenic and a joy to behold.  A stop at the "Inferno Gorge" to take a photograph on the phone also produced a pair of Cirl Bunting and a couple of Alpine Swifts were seen overhead along with a number of distant Griffon Vultures. I ventured to the very to the valley and then on up the track but all rather a waste of time only adding Serin as I crossed the bridge near the car park before the above track began.

Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

Having made my way back to Hecho I then turned right and made my way across to the Anso Valley for the return journey back to the main road.  Again, all very quiet once back towards Berdun near Binies I did see Crested Lark, Jackdaw, lots of House Sparrows and Corn Buntings to add to the Chaffinch further up the valley.  Once back on the main road I almost stopped as a Black Kite drifted low over the car and a final sight of a rather lovely male Black Redstart.

Black Kite Milvus migrans
The only consolation was that I was able to book early into the hotel and watch the England v Panama football match on the TV.  Turns out Jaca is the middle of one if its annual fiestas so nowhere to park the car, everywhere busy and, no doubt, much noise well into the night!

Birds seen:
Red Kite, Black Kite, Griffon Vulture, Buzzard, Alpine Swift, Common Swift, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Cirl Bunting, Corn Bunting.


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