Birding in a chill wind but with end to end blue skies !!!
Jayne was again going to here craft group meeting so I went with her and then continued on birding in the local Sierra's. Up in the pine woods above the town I spent some time watching what come into the water tanks which top up the goats drinking troughs. The first bird seen was a fine male Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) which spent some time calling from the trees before spending some time on the top of the water container drinking. After a few minutes it was joined by two females and a couple of Coal Tits (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), a Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea) and several Common Chaffinchs (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs). In the surrounding area I also added Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros). I then moved up to the higher point a little further along the track I soon picked up a few Rock Buntings (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) which were perched together in a large Hawthorn bush, a couple of Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) which drifted off to the east and a Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos). I then dropped down and had a walk along the upper reaches of the Guadalhorce where it skirts along the side of La Sierrecilla, along here there were good numbers of Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus). On my walk back to the car I picked up a pair of dispalying Bonelli's Eagles (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) on the ridge of La Sierrecilla and in the same area I saw another two riffon Vultures, one of which lacked a tail and around half of its primaries and secondries which made it lok very odd and as if it was making hard work of flying. On the slopes there were a small number of Spanish Ibex (Cabra Monte / Capra pyreaica hispanica) including a really nice male. I then went back to Trabuco and picked up Jayne before we went back home.