|Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus).|
I set off down to Alhama where I was meeting up with some of the Loja walking group for the annual New Years day walk but I was nursing a tweeked back and was not sure how far I would get.
On the way I got quite a nice collection of species on the list including Iberian (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Common Magpies (Urraca / Pica pica), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata).
|Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).|
|Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).|
|Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).|
Eight other members of the group arrived and after having a quick coffee in the bar we set off along the gorge, about two thirds of the way along I decided that I would turn around as my back pain was getting worse (even with Davids pain killer), So I said goodbye and retraced my steps whilst the rest of the group continued on in to the town.
During the walk I recorded a few new species including Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), several more Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and just as I was getting back to the car a pair of Bonelli's Eagles (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus) which flew off up the gorge towards the town.
|Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).|
Once back at the car I headed towards home via a couple of tracks crossing some fields to the North of the town, here I caught up with what I am guessing were the same pair of Bonelli's Eagles again, this time hunting low over some Almond trees. In the same area I also recorded Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) and Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).
|Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis).|