Friday, 25 June 2021

Driving Home Via, Sierra de Gredos, Ávila Province, Spain.

Driving back home picking up a couple of year ticks on the way.
 
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
I had breakfast with Howard and Santi and thanked them for there kindness during my few days there, I had hoped to stay longed had to get back South.
Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia).
Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
I left Santo Domingo de Silos and headed across country to the Sierra de Gredos where I was hoping to pick up a couple of year ticks so I was very pleased to quickly find a few Ortolan Bunting's (Escribano Hortolano / Emberiza hortulana) in the area around a bridge over the Río Barbellido on the way down to the Parking Plataforma de Gredos.
Ortolan Bunting (Escribano Hortolano / Emberiza hortulana).

Ortolan Bunting (Escribano Hortolano / Emberiza hortulana).

Ortolan Bunting (Escribano Hortolano / Emberiza hortulana).

Ortolan Bunting (Escribano Hortolano / Emberiza hortulana).

After getting some shots of the Bunting I started to drive back out of the site but made a fast stop when I saw two
Citril Finches (Verderón Serrano / Serinus citrinella) sat on the top of a dry stone wall near a Pine plantation.
Fledgling Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Fledgling Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
I made one more stop in amongst the Pine Woodlands where I saw a very nice fledgling
Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
I reached the far side of the pines and then drove the rest of the way home without incident.

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