Saturday, 23 October 2010

Torcal de Antequera, Malaga Province.

More Winter Migrants.

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). 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). 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.
Photographs from the top: Views of area x2 and Southern Autumn Crocus (Colchicum lusitanicum).

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