Friday, 18 June 2021

Fuente de alto, Cantabria, Spain.

A morning up at the top of Fuente de Cable car which was not my best move.
Looking back down towards the lower Station.
I decided to give the cable car a go even though the weather report was not great, this was not my best move as by the time I came back down 3.5 hours later I was soaked right through to the shreddies, not nice.
Not much of a view.

From the top of the life I walked out to the point where I have seen Wallcreeper (Treparriscos / Tichodroma muraria) on passed visits but the viability was not making the chances look very good.
Snowfinch (Gorrión Alpino / Montifringilla nivalis)through the mist.

A couple of hundred meters out from the station I had a single Snowfinch (Gorrión Alpino / Montifringilla nivalis) but just as I got some decent views of it the bird flew and I only managed a single shot in the fog.
Chamois (Rebeco / Rupicapra rupicapra).
Chamois (Rebeco / Rupicapra rupicapra).
As I walked on I added Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and eventually a couple of Alpine Chough (Chova Piquigualda / Pyrrhocorax graculus) which came down low enogh for me to see them through the cloud cover and rain.
Pink Sandwort (Arenaria purpurascens).
Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus).
Alpine Toadflax (Linaria alpina ssp. filicaulis).
Pyrenean Trumpet Gentian (Gentiana occidentalis).

On the way out and on the way back I had good numbers of wild flowers including
Pyrenean Trumpet Gentian (Gentiana occidentalis), Purple Gromwell (Lithospermum purpurocaeruleum), Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus), Rock Jasmine (Androsace villosa), Alpine Toadflax (Linaria alpina ssp. filicaulis), Imbricate Sandwort (Arenaria tetraquetra), the yellow flowered Linaria supina, Spurge Laurel (Daphne laureola), Iberian Greenweed (Genista legionensis), Pink Sandwort (Arenaria purpurascens), Matthiola fruticulosa and Erysimum duriaei.
Pink Sandwort (Arenaria purpurascens


Rock Jasmine (Androsace villosa).


Matted Globularia (Globularia repens)

Down at the bottom I had a walk around the area of Pines seeing Goldcrest (Reyezuelo Sencillo / Regulus regulus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus) and Coal Tit  (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) and Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).
Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
I drove back down the valley to the walnut plantation at Los Llanos adding Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major).
At this point I gave up again and headed back to the hotel to dry out and do a bit of catching up on the PC.

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