Monday, 30 January 2017

Santo Domingo de Silos, Sad Hill Cemetery, San Pedro de Arlanza Monastery and Covarrubias, Burgos Province.

A day out and about in the fog, cloud and rain with Jayne, Santi and Howard.

As usual I started the day with a walk with Patch and picked up a few species including Green (Pito Real / Picus viridis) and Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Rock (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia) and Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major) as well as two very smart Roe Deer (Corzo / Capreolus capreolus) out on the fields.
After the walk we went up to the Sad Hill Cemetery where 51 years ago they filmed the classic movie the Good, the Bad and the Ugly a film I have always enjoyed. The area was wet and there was lots of low cloud but it was a great spot and with all the ancient Juniper trees surround the site it was very atmospheric.
Later we went to a wood gorge where Santi showed us some cliffs with lots of Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and on the track there and back we also saw a Merlin (Esmerejón / Falco columbarius), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and a group of Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
We then went to out second Good, the Bad and the Ugly location which was at the Monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza but unfortunatally it was closed so we had a quick look around outside as it had started to drizzle.
Our next stop was in the village of Covarrubias, a very nice place on the river Arlanza where we had a very nice lunch, did some shopping and had a walk along the river.
Later we went back to Santi's and had a quiet afternoon and a very nice evening meal.














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