It may be "out of season" for Dave and his Arboleas Birding Group but you can't keep a good birder tied to the house. Given the opportunity, we will all be up and away and Dave was no exception to the rule. I could certainly have done with his Hawfinch sighting.
Wednesday 17 July: Sierra de Madre
Gilly and I took Sarah Groves with her cousin Kelly to Maria today for a non official trip. In fact both Gilly and I forgot a notebook! We met up with Mary Taylor for a coffee before heading to the chapel. On checking the mountain ridge I found a Mum and child Ibex silhouetted against the skyline. Later saw a male.
Lots of activity by the water
trough, including a pair of Hawfinch.
Also seen were Melodious Warbler and immature Subalpine Warblers.
Had a number of Griffon Vultures
flying over plus both Light and dark phase Booted Eagles. Woodchat
Shrike, Crossbills and Coal Tits in Garden. Family of Melodious
Warblers at far end of lower walk. Not a lot at the farmhouse. At the water
trough we had Iberian Grey Shrike and Short-toed Lark. No sign of
Lesser Kestrels at hamlet, only Northern Wheatear. At La Piza, not many
birds feeding; Crossbill, Chaffinch and Great Tit. Stars were a family
of 5 Jays.
|Distant adult and young Ibex Capra pyrenaica (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)
|Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
|Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
No total as no list! Great days birding in amazing company!
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