Thursday, 17 January 2013

Archidona and Trabuco, Malaga Province.

A bit of business and some birds.

The day started by taking Jayne over to here craft group meeting in Trabuco before I headed for Arroyo Marin for a bit of birding before a meeting up in Archidona. Along the Arroyo the birds were thin on the ground but they included Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris). I then made my way up in to Archidona where I had a coffee before meeting David and Myles who run the very smart Almohalla 51 guest house right in the centre of the town. After a good meeting I headed up to the Convento de Las Monjas Mínimas on the hill above the town where I added Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) to the year list along with Blue Rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major). My next stop was in the very windy and wet hills above Trabuco, I spent some time in the pine woods where I saw Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba). After an hour or so I was fed up with the wind so I headed down to the town and then waited for Jayne in the town before heading home.
Photograph: female Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).

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