Thursday, 17 October 2013

Above Trabuco, Malaga Province.

Sat in the Oak woods.

Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater).
I dropped Jayne off at the Trabuco Craft group meeting and went upin to the Oak Woodlands not far from the town where I dug out the folding chair from the boot and sat down in it for the next 3 hours or so until the birds got used to me a bit and came down to drink at a water tank put out for the local goats. The commonest species by far were Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), closely followed by Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra).
Whilst I was sat there I also saw lesser numbers of Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) and Blue Tits (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus).
On the way home we went across country and came in towards Loja down the Western side of the hill on the road to Venta del Raya, along here we had corking views of a male Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis), Iberian  (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Common Magpies (Urraca / Pica pica), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).

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