Relaxed birding in Sierra Gorda / San Jorge.
Jayne and I went over to Villanueva del Trabuco where Jayne was attending the weekly meeting of the local craft group, I stayed and had some lunch at the bar where they meet before heading off into the hill behind the town birding. I started with a drive up to a set of water spouts, on the way I saw a small flock of Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), several Blackbirds (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricapilla) and a single Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus). I continued up into the hill until I found a couple of water drums which were feeding some old baths which were watering holes for the flocks of sheep and goats that were wandering around the woods. I set up my chair and just sat and watched what came in, the most common birds were by far the Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) with up to six being in the surrounding trees at any one time, closely followed by their larger relative the Great Tit (Carbonero Común / Parus major). A large roaming flock of birds past through the pines all around me, it included mainly Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), the other two Tit species mentioned, a couple of Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), at least half a dozen Firecrests (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) and a Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), well I only saw the one. Common Crossbills (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) were calling over head almost continually and from further back in the woods a Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea) was heard several times but remained out of sight. Other species seen or heard included Robin (Petirrrojo / Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Photographs from the top: Water spouts and Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater).