Arriving at the mirador at Ventas de Zafarraya it was calm and sunny with a little hazy cloud but certainly on the cold side. Indeed, frost still on the ground in shaded areas but, with height, came the chance to still see the Almond blossom and along the old railway track a lovely carpet of Broad-leaf Iris.
A few Goldfinches upon arrival and as I walked towards the old tunnel both Black Redstart and Stonechat. Soon after the tunnel the first of four Black Wheatears and then a female Sardinian Warbler. But generally quiet until I reached the old track-side ruin with a Kestrel perched on top of a large, spindly tree to my left. In front of me a trio of Rock Buntings and more Stonechats. On top of a pylon in front pf me a male Blue Rock Thrush. Making my way back a couple of Chaffinches in the spinney below me and then my attention drawn to a quartering Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a quintet of Crag Martins. Arriving back at the car a score or more Spotless Starlings before setting off for the "growing fields."
The small pond near the picnic area held 26 Mallard and more Goldfinches as I continued on towards the "Magpie Woods" and took the country lane to me left. Lots of House Sparrows and at least a couple of hundred Ferral Pigeon feeding on the rough fields. The set-aside field to my left held a trio of Mistle Thrush and a small flock of Linnets and Chaffinches. More Mallards at the main pond and then a stop on the way back to the main road led to the sighting of a single Robin and then a small flock of Lesser Short-toed Larks along with more Mistle Thrushes.
|Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus on the wires
|Iberian Grey Shrike Lanius meridional
|Fast disappearing Buzzard Buteo buteo
Mallard, Red-legged Partridge, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Little Owl, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Iberian Grey Shrike, Jay, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Goldfinch, Linnet, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting.