A blustery day with John at the Finca and up in the village.
After breakfast John and I went up into the Village of Casares to do a bit of shopping and for a walk around as it had been a long time since I had been up there, as we walked we saw Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), House Sparrow
(Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Sardinian Warbler
(Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Robin
(Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Crag Martins
(Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
We returned to the Finca and spent the rest of the day either watching the birds from the terrace of watching Cricket.
|The Finca from the town.|
The wind was extremely strong for most of the day but at one point it eased off so John and I went for a walk around the Patch looking for Somber Bee Orchids
(Ophrys fusca / foresteri) and even though the Wild Boar
(Jabalí / Felis silvestris) had given the area a good roughing up we still found 50+ spikes in flower.
|Somber Bee Orchids (Ophrys fusca / foresteri).|
Other species seen included Branched Asphodel
(Asphodelus ramosus), Field Marigold
(Calendula arvensis), Milk Thistle
(Silybum marianum), Dutchman's Pipe
(Aristolochia baetica), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackcap
(Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin
(Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Song Thrush
(Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird
(Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Sparrowhawk
(Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), a flock of 17 Ravens
(Cuervo / Corvus corax) and a couple of Red-billed Chough
(Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).
|Branched Asphodel (Asphodelus ramosus).|
Later we had something to eat, drank a few beers and watched a bit more Cricket before we sort the kit for a days birding tomorrow.
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