Saturday, 23 October 2010

Torcal de Antequera, Malaga Province.

More Winter Migrants.

One of the more spectacular rocks.
David and I lead a small group on the usual Saturday morning hike around Torcal. We went off the normal trails a bit today and were soon over looking Antequera from a very high vantage point. On the slopes we walked amongst some berry laden Hawthorns, good numbers of the local Blackbirds (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) were feeding on them and they were joined by several of the newly arrived wintering Song Thrushes (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and at least 6 Ring Ouzels (Mirlo Capiblanco / Turdus torquatus). 
More Rocks.
Along the trail there were also Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Robin (Petirrrojo / Erithacus rubecula), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Rock Pigeon (Paloma Bravia / Columba livia), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and loads of Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita). 
Southern Autumn Crocus (Colchicum lusitanicum).
From the view point we had some cracking views of the Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) as they flew along the ridge to with in about 10 meters of our point.
Wild flowers were few but Southern Autumn Crocus (Colchicum lusitanicum) was everywhere.

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