Day tour with Rob Jones from the UK.
|Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis).|
I met Rob at the service staion on the A92 and then we made our way along to Moraleda and on to the fields nearby. On the drive Rob had his first lifer of the day when we saw a pair of Rock Sparrows (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) on the outskirts of the town, in the same area we recorded Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
We moved out on to the fields and quickly picked up a small flock of Short-toed Larks (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), a 2nd summer male Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) and a singing Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra). Once we were through the Amond plantation we had views of a nice male Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), several Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and from the Cortijo we saw a small flock of 5 or so Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis) on a distant field so we got back in the car and went to try and find a track out to the spot so that we could have better views.
We reached the spot but could not find the Sandgrouse but we did catch up with a fine male Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata). We returned to the main track and had flight views of a male Little Bustard and two more Black-bellied Sandgrouse which disappeared into the distance. We moved on around the site and had views of a pair of Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus), a female Montagu's Harrier, Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa) and Robs fourth lifer a Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).
|Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra).|
|Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus).|
|Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae).|
|Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura).|
|Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).|
|Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos) and Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus).|
I think Rob finished the day off with 8 or 9 lifers and we both got some nice photo's. Thanks for your company Rob on a cracking days birding.