Just me and me alone for this month's Axarquia Bird Group visit to the old railway track up at Ventas de Zafarraya having warned members about the present weather and horrible forecast for the day. Not surprisingly, all the regulars made contact with their apologies. I only went up on the off-chance that somebody might just turn up but expected to be home just after 10.
So, leaving the house in the rain I made my way over towards Lake Vinuela and the drive up the mountain. By the time I started the climb the rain had stopped and on arriving at the mirador at exactly 9am I was greeted with calm, dry and not-too-cold conditions under an overcast sky. Having recorded both Collared Dove and Spotless Starling as I approached the summit the first birds seen on the track was a trio of Rock Buntings with another four before returning to the car after walking up to the tunnel entrance and back. Needless to say, I added Black Wheatear, a handful of House Sparrows, female Sardinian Warbler, Blackbird and a Blue Tit. The light rain arrived at 9.25 whilst sitting in the car and ten minutes later I set off in the car along the track, through the tunnel and up to the old ruin. A quartet of Chough flew over and a very wet female Black Redstart was trying to look less distressed that she might actually have been. More Rock Buntings and a small group of Rock Sparrows on the wires further on a male Stonechat perched five metres away from the car. Even a small number of Linnets as I drove back to the village.
|Beautiful Goldfinch Jilguero Carduelis carduelis
|Mistle Thrush Zorzal Charlo Turdus viscivorus
|A Red-legged Partridge Perdiz Roja Alectoris rufa that has so far avoided the hunters!
|One of the quartet of Jays Arrendajo Garrulus glandarius
|Lovely to see the feeding Chaffinches Pinzon Vulgar Fringilla coelebs
Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Kestrel, Coot, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Iberian Grey Shrike, Jay, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Chough, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting.
|Record shot of the departing Kestrel Cernicalo Vulgar Falco tinnunculus
|Distant shot of one of the many Magpies Urraca Pica pica
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