Travelling North to Santi's.
I set off early heading North via Madrid, on the way I saw Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).
Just South of Madrid I pulled off the Motorway and did a short drive over some fields where I regularly stop on the way up North, unfortunately it was a Sunday and the Scum with Guns were out and everything was in the air and continually being flushed but I did manage to see 3x Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs) and as I went further North I saw several Red Kites (Milano Real / Milvus milvus).
I continued on and made a quick stop just before La Yecla on the roadside at a puddle where I watched birds come into drink, these included Redwing (Zorzal Alirrojo / Turdus illacus), Song (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) and Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
At La Yecla I did a short walk and added Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).
I arrived at Santi's and we spent some time chatting before going down to the Gregorian Chants and then out for a drink.
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