A Big Owl and 2 species of Eagle.
|Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea).|
|Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo).|
|Red Squirrel (Sclurus vulgaris).|
|Torcal Toadflax (Linaria anticaria).|
In the air with them were at least one pair of Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulga / Falco tinnunculus) and several Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus). Below us in the scrub Angus, Phillip and I managed to see a male Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata) which played hard to see in the low herbage, from here we could also hear a singing Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans) and the first of the days very elusive Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) which are normally seen easily along side the main track but proved difficult today. Once we had climbed up passed the crags and out on to the tops we saw the first Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) of the day which promptly flew all the way down the near slope and perched miles away on the end of one of the quarry building where it was joined briefly by the female bird, we also saw the first of many Black-eared Wheatears (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica) a male with just the bandit mask not the full throated version. Several Red-legged Partridges (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) were seen along with a sizable flock of Red-billed Choughs and Jackdaws.
|The group looking at the Peony's.|
|Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Rojo / Monticola saxatilis).|