|Black Redstart Colirrojo Tizon (Phoenicurus ochruros)|
But back to the beginning. On the way to El Robledal, I stopped off at the old railway track at Ventas de Zafarraya, having already recorded Serin, White Wagtail and Collared Dove, to see what was about. Immediately on arrival I had a pair of Stonechat and a couple of Rock Buntings. During my brief stay I also saw at least 8 Black Wheatear but no Blue Rock Thrush and the Choughs were conspicuous by their absence. A short walk along the trackbed also produced Great Tit and an all too few sighting of a Dartford Warbler. Needless to say there were also Spotless Starlings and House Sparrows in the neighbourhood and a rather delightful little charm of Goldfinch. An added bonus was a close view of a Southern Grey Shrike as I made my way towards El Robledal and another pair were observed on the back track between the latter and Alhama de Granada. This track also produced a small mixed flock of Chaffinch and Linnet.
|Great Cormorant Cormoran Grande (Phalacrocorax carbo)|
|Common Crossbill Piquituerto Comun (Loxia curvirostra)|
Birds seen:Little Grebe, Cormorant, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Kestrel, Coot, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Dartford Warbler, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Southern Grey Shrike, Chaffinch, Serin, Goldfinch, Hawfinch, Linnet, Crossbill, House Sparrow, Rock Bunting, Spotless Starling and Jay.