There report is as follows:
A very, very hot day.
We knew that the Embalse would be packed with weekenders, but we started here regardless. At the first outflow prior to the dam we saw Sardinian Warblers, Serins, Blue Tits, Short-toed Treecreeper, Greenfinch, Crossbill, Grey Heron, Chaffinch and Goldfinches.
We then headed for Arena del Ray picking up on the way Corn Buntings, Nightingales, Collared Doves, Wood Pigeon, Bee-eaters, Blackbirds and Spotless Starlings.
Through this village and onto the small lake opposite the Las Paloma restaurant, we couldn´t park here due to the cars so we drove past and turned right onto the Ruta del Termalismo (Hydrotherapy Route) which just so happens to go through the bottom of the Alhama de Granada gorge.
Here we saw Firecrests, Common Swifts, Crag Martins, Golden Orioles, Barn Swallows, House Martins and Nightingales. A huge shadow passed in front of the sun and revealed an adult Golden Eagle which a few minutes later was being mobbed by a Booted Eagle; we watched the pair until they had wheeled out of sight.
We crossed the stream and followed the single lane track to the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (Our Lady of the Angels). Here we found Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Sparrows and Rock Buntings, Nightingales, Jackdaws, Great Tits, more Common Swifts and Crag Martins and also heard more Golden Orioles.
|Calandra Lark Calandria Comun Melanocorypha calandra (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
A few more km than anticipated but good overall results, better than sitting in the armchair!
It certainly was and I have just counted 39species above and I imagine that you omitted some of the "common" birds!