Sunday, 19 December 2021

La Yecla PNat, Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos Province, Spain.

A return to the crags looking for but not seeing the Wallcreeper again.

Western Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica victoriae) ???????
I drove just up the road to La Yecla Gorge to look for the Wallcreeper (Treparriscos / Tichodroma muraria) again but with the same results as last but I was pleased to see 4 male Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Capra pyrenaica hispanica) which I am told are not all that common locally.
Western Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica victoriae) ???????

Western Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica victoriae) ???????

They look a little different to the Hispanica subspecies we get down our way so I wonder if it could be the Western Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica victoriae)???????
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).

Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).

Birds were as expected, lots of Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo).
The only unexpected species was a
Eurasian Black / Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) which drifted across, heading North East. 
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).

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