Thursday, 26 January 2017

Travelling North to Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos Province.

A long drive to see friend Santi and Howard.

Jayne and I set off for a long drive north to Santo Demingo de Silos where we were going to be staying with Santi and Howard for a few days. On the drive to Madrid I saw Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), lots of Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula).
North of the capital European Black (Buitre Negro / Aegypius monachus) and Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major),  Northern Goshawk (Azor Común / Accipitor gentillis), Merlin (Esmerejón / Falco columbarius), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).
We arrived at Santo Domingo and once we were settled in we went for a walk with Santi, Howard and Patch down to the camp site and then up through the town, during the walk I saw Grey  (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Rock Pigeon (Paloma Bravia / Columba livia), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone). Once we were back at the house we had a very nice evening meal and a drink or two before a good nights sleep.

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