Thursday, 3 October 2013

Nerja and back, Malaga and Granada Provinces.

Back down to the coast to pick up Jayne and Barb.

I set off quite early to go down to Nerja to collect Jayne after her few night in the Monic Hotel with her sisters. Barb her one sister was also coming back to our for an extended holiday. On the way down I called at the disused railway line site just out side Venta de Zafarraya on the Malaga Granada Border. On a short walk along the track and throught the tunnel I recorded Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and a dozen or so Alpine Swifts (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) which were coming out of the large cave with good numbers of Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris). Before I collected the girls I called in at Steve and Elena Powells to drop a few bits of kit off that Steve had kindly lent me to get me through the last few days birding.
I collected Jayne and Barb and we made our way back up towards home, on the way I saw several Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) and a late Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla). On the fields just to the North East of Zafarraya we bumped into Bob Wright, we stopped and I had a chat with him and caught up a bit as we had not seen each other for a while. From here we headed off home.

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