Some birding on the local patch and then Sierra de Loja but in reverse (no I did not drive backwards all the way).
|Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo).|
We started by having a look down on the Western Lucerne field where we got the day list off to a desent start by seeing several Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
|Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis).|
From here we drove over to Salar and made our way up the hill from the back road, a way that I have not bothered to do for some time but which proved to be quite productive. Before we started to do the climb we had very nice views of a couple of Pallid Swifts
(Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) which were still hanging around, more Spotless Starlings
and several House Sparrows
(Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus). Down on the lower areas in amongst the Olives we picked up a male Pied Flycatcher
(Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Serins
(Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Sardinian Warbler
(Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Goldfinch
(Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Thekla Lark
(Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Common Stonechat
(Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and I heard a distant Iberian Green Woodpecker
(Pito Real / Picus sharpei) several times.
|Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica).|
We continued on climbing steadily all the time until we reached some of the lower rocky areas amongst the goat fields were we saw 3 Black Kites
(Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), a nice male Common Redstart
(Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Iberian Magpie
(Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Mistle Thrush
(Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus).
We reached one of the disused roadside marble quarries and had a short walk in to it and along the main track where we added Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius) and heard a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua) calling from the opposite side of the valley.
|Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).|
Again we moved on up the road and as we came out onto a leveller area near a much larger working quarry we had the first of two immature Rufous-tailed Rock Thrushes
(Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis). we watched these birds but nether came close enough for a desent shot so we moved on and quickly picked up the first of several Spectacled Warblers
(Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata) and Black-eared Wheatears
(Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica).
Near a small group of Hawthorn bushes we located a nice Wryneck
(Torcecuello / Jynx torquilla), followed by Subalpine
(Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans) and Orphean Warblers
(Curruca Mirlano / Sylvia hortensis) and another very nice Black-eared Wheatear
. Next came Northern Wheatear
(Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Short-toed Eagle
(Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Iberian Grey Shrike
(Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Common Swift
(Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Melodious Warbler
(Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) and a family group of Spanish Ibex
(Cabra pyreaica hispanica).
|Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).|
We eventually dropped right down on to the Loja side of the hill and went up the track to the small quarry, parking in the shade of a pine tree and had a late lunch. Ken and I walked up towards the quarry and picke up a couple of Crag Martins
(Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) on the way along with 70+ Honey Buzzards
(Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus),30 or so more Black Kites
, Common Chaffinch
(Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Linnet
(Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), a second Short-toed Eagle
(Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) and Hoopoe
(Abubilla / Upupa epops). We then dropped down the hill and had amazing views of a roosting Eagle Owl
(Buho Real / Bubo bubo) at a new spot for me.
We later headed off up the Motorway and stopped at Laguna de Regidor where we found several Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Barn Swallow, House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) for the bird list and Lesser Emperor (Anax Parthenope), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) and Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum) for the dragons.
|Lesser Emperor (Anax Parthenope).|
It was getting on and quite warm so we headed back in to the house over the fields from the Mesia road adding Woodchat Shrike
(Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) and Grey Wagtail
(Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) on the way.
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