Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Driving from Santiago de Compostela, Galicia to Gijon in Asturias.

Travelling between sites in the rain and the first real sun of the trip.

To day was a moving day, so after packing the cases we set off under the usual grey rain fill clouds towards our next stop which was for five nights in Gijon in Asturias. The clouds broke up during the journey and the sun glasses were need for the first time in quite a while. On the way we made a stop at Lugo and spent a very pleasant couple of hours around the town visiting the Cathedral and walking the town walls. Further on we followed a small track after seeing a sign to some lakes called Lagoa de Caque where I parked and had a walk to a raised hide looking over a very interesting looking reserve. the pools were very quite for the type of site but I did find a couple of male Tufted Ducks (Porrón Monudo / Aythya fuligula), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and in the surrounding woodlands and fields Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Brambling (Pinzón Real / Fringilla montifringilla), Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius). 
We hit the road again after this short break and apart from a stop for lunch we drove through to Gijon in the sun but just before we reach the journey's end the rain returned and continued on in to the evening. We booked in at the hotel and then went for a walk around the town and later found a very nice bar with a very varied range of beers where we passed a very enjoyable couple of hours.

Photographs from the top: Various views of Lugo.

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